The Crusader, Eighth Army Weekly, No. 26, Vol. 2, October 26th 1942

Girls in uniform lend a hand with Britain’s bum per harvest. be entertained that a programme will be allowed in 1943 on similar lines to the sea­ son now almost ended. Handicaps for horses of all ages may even be added to the list. This year, with the object of weeding out bad performers, handicaps for older horses were banned, but the chief effect was to penalise good horses. * * * 11 may be that Lord Derby considers that bookmakers have benefitted quite sufficient* ly, or he may just feel that it is time he got rid of his disappointing horses. Anyway, he is putting his classic competitor, Solway, up for sale. Solway has reasonably been described as the “bookmakers' friend.” and it is even suggested that the layers club together and purchase Solway as a mascot. * * * Before the war Wolverhampton W an­ derers were about the richest club in the coi-.ntry as far as cash in the bank was concerned. They cannot be anything like hard-up now, even though they have lost much since war started. But they are now asking clubs who owe them money on transfer fees to pay up. The Management Committee of the Football League agree with this action, because they realise that the longer these debts are outstanding, the greater will be the interest on the money the debtor clubs have to pay. In respon se to requests from m any d esert rats from the North o f England, h ere s a lo v ely Lakeland scene. y f i f t A i t - y f l f i M t d p l0 4 K ’ S U i a u i T hough the Government has banned chasing in England during this winter, a proposal has been put forward that Irish Stewards allow English-trained jumpers to compete in Ireland after the end of the home flat season. Suggestion is that the number of horses sent across the Channel be limited, and of Irish breed, and1 that Irish trainers receiving such horses should guarantee to reduce their own string to correspond with the English intake. It is stated that the Irish Racecourse Exe­ cutive welcome the proposal, realising that it will mean a much needed improvement in the standard of steeplechasing in Ireland. * * * Racing circles in England feared that, following the ban on 'chasing this winter, flat-racing would also be stopped in 1943. It is now learned, however, that hopes can H U L L O M U M P (From p a ge 1) H e Didn’t now Whose Funeral From half an hour a fortnight we ad­ vanced to half an hour a week and as we gained experience and confidence, we gra- tually left the studio behind us until to­ day it is no exaggeration to say -that we never go there. W ell, I say never... we've been there twice this year and we are in October. It is much better to visit fellows in their everyday background than to ask them to visit the studio if, and when, they happen to get a few days leave. One can do a better job and get a more natural message. "LINE SHOOTING" So we musn't be accused of trying to "shoot a line’’ when we take our micro­ phone on to the quarter deck of the W ar- spite or a landing ground in the forward area, or even on to Tel-el-Aisa (Hill of Jesus) when the artillery duel for that particular day happens to be in full swing. For when you come to think about it, We are the only unofficial direct contact with the man in the street. And what George says to his wife in Ashby de la Zouch about the flies and the sand and the price of beer in Maadi and Mosul is carefully noted and subsequently discussed at the daily conference which nowadays is the star turn of every “local’ throughout Great Britain. If you should want to send a message home and you have urgent or compassionate reasons why you should do so, then get in touch with your Company Officer or your Commanding Officer, who in turn will either contact me at G.H.Q. or the office at 5, Sharia Cherif. But if you have not a particularly strong case to put forward, then my advice to you is to take "pot luck'.' For the last twelve of fifteen monthsk the system for sending a message home has worked smoothly and, I trust, effectively, and taking all the circumstances into con­ sideration one may safely say it is the fairest and most satisfactory of any we have tried. First of all we contact the Head­ quarters of the Service we intend to visit who either deal with us direct or in turn pass us on to the Area Headquarters in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, or the Desert. In the case of the Mediterranean Fleet and the Royal Merchant Navy we deal direct with the Fleet Press Liaison Officer on the one hand, and the Ministry of W ar Transport on the other. W e tell them of our proposed plans, when we intend to arrive, and the number of men we will do our best to accommodate; and the rest of the show, so far as personnel are concerned, we leave in their good hands. Ask the Lance Corporal at Rutbah if he thought he stood a chance of talking to his wife when hundreds of miles away from the nearest town, or the Flight Sergeant at Basrah, or even the Atmy Nursing Sister at Shaibah. W e'll forget for the moment the little gunner who came from Bristol and got ripped in the arm by a Stuka which dived out of the sun a few minutes before he said “Hello Mother” because, God bless him. I don’t suppose he's recovered from the shock yet. W e didn’t ourselves for a day or two afterwards, but that’s another story. PRIORITY, PLEASE ! And before we close down, here’s a little story that's quite true. Eighteen months ago when the mail from home was erratic and irregular, it was the rule rather than the exception to receive letters written in, let us say, April or May, ahead of those written in February or March. And thus the news from home was confus­ ing and at times even bewildering. And a fellow walked into the office one morning and said. "Can I broadcast a message home?” and I replied, "Certainly, if you can tell me why you should have priority over fifteen thousand who have taken the trouble to write in ” . And he said "W ell it's like this 'ere. I've just ad a letter from my wife and she sei The funeral was ever so lovely ... and I’m biowed if I know who s dead". - 2 -
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