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Edited and Introduced by C. B. Purdom

Foreword by Malcolm Brown

Constable • London

 

 

Constable & Robinson Ltd

55–56 Russell Square

London WC1B 4HP

www.constablerobinson.com

First published in the UK by Robinson Publishing Ltd, 1997

This revised and updated edition published by Constable,
an imprint of Constable & Robinson, 2009.

Foreword © Malcolm Brown

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

A copy of the British Library Cataloguing in Publication data
is available from the British Library

978-1-84901-067-2
eISBN: 978-1-47211-181-4

Printed and bound in the EU

1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

Cover photograph: Wiring party of the 12th East Yorkshires near Roclincourt, 1918/Imperial War Museum;

Cover design by
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CONTENTS

Foreword

 

Introduction

 

THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES, 1914

 

The Retreat from Mons, August 23rd–September 5th, 1914

Bernard John Denore

An Old Contemptible at Le Cateau

R.G. Hill

The First Battle of Ypres, October 1914

J.F. Bell

IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915–1918

 

A Territorial in the Salient

F. L. Watson, M.C.

The First Gas Attack

Anthony R. Hossack

The Battle of Loos

W. Walker

A Highland Battalion at Loos

Thos. McCall

At a Sap-Head

David Phillips

Trenches at Vimy Ridge

Harold Saunders

In a Kite Balloon

W. Sylvanus Lewis

A Night Counter-Attack

F. W. Watts

A Gunner’s Adventure

N. H. Bradbury

The Carnoy Cows

T. S. Williams

Ordinary War on the Somme

Fred Ball

Delville Wood

Capt. S. J. Worsley, D.S.O., M.C.

In a Billet

Harry Drake

17-21

George F. Wear

A Wireless Operator

B. Neyland

At Messines Ridge in 1917

E. N. Gladden

A July Day at St. Julien

Alfred Willcox

A Labour Company at Ypres

J. Cumming Morgan

Two Nights

P. Hoole Jackson

On the Belgian Coast

George Brame

A Nightmare

Alan F. Hyder

A Cavalry Brigade at Cambrai, November 1917

Chris Knight

La Vacquerie, December 3rd, 1917

W. R. Dick

A Boy’s Experiences

C. J. Arthur

Varieties of Trench Life

A. A. Dickson

A Runner’s Story 1916–18

R. W. Iley

In a Highland Regiment, 1917–18

H. E. May

Opening of German Offensive, March 1918

Alfred Grosch

Retreat

R. G. Bultitude

‘Stand-to’ on Givenchy Road

Thomas A. Owen

When Tank Fought Tank

F. Mitchell, M.C.

Bravery in the Field

Alexander Paterson

Noyon, March 23rd, 1918

Dr. F. O. Taylor

A Casualty Clearing Station

Dr. John A. Hayward

Rations

C. Goddard-Chead

A Padre’s Story

Anon
.

Messines, October 1918

A B. Kenway

AT GALLIPOLI

 

A Boy at Gallipoli

Fred T. Wilson

The Flood at Suvla Bay

F. W. D. Bendall

The Evacuation of Suvla Bay

W. H. Linch

IN MACEDONIA

 

The End of Bulgaria

N. C. Powell

IN PALESTINE

 

A Sapper in Palestine

H. P. BONSER

Tell-el-Sheria

William G. Johnson

IN MESOPOTAMIA

 

The Corridor

T. Clayton

Those Desert Days

Robert Harding

IN GERMAN EAST AFRICA

 

The Devil – My Friend

Charles Trehane

IN THE AIR

 

‘The Circus’

F. Suckling

The Casualty

Rev. John H.W. Haswell

August to November 1918

H.F. Taylor

SOME WOMEN

 

August 1914

Esmée Sartorius

The Great Retreat in Serbia in 1915

M. L. Tatham

The Story of a W.A.A.C.

A B. Baker

ON THE SEA

 

War at Sea

J. Willey

Zeebrugge

W. Wainwright

Torpedoed in the Aegean Sea

Reginald C. Huggins

PRISONERS

 

First Days of Imprisonment

Reginald Morris

Captivity in the Ardennes

Victor Denham

FOREWORD

This book was first published in 1930, appearing under the imprint of Messrs J. M. Dent, the originator of that illustrious, long honoured library of books bearing the name ‘Everyman’. Also in that year there appeared on the scene that much consulted, much admired, magisterial work entitled
War Books: A Critical Guide
, written by Cyril Falls: professional soldier, noted historian and destined to become Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford. This was, as we might now see it, an Ofsted report on works relating to the recent Great War published in the period from the Armistice of 1918 to the end of the 1920s. Falls was able to include, presumably as a last-minute entry, a comment on the present work. His verdict is worth quoting in full:

This is a very striking book, throwing light upon almost every phase of the War. It contains sixty short narratives by writers of all ranks from private to lieutenant-colonel, but unfortunately only three from the Navy and the Royal Air Force. Practically every campaign is mentioned, though of course the vast majority of the incidents are from the Western Front. The narrators are in no case professional writers, and though some (but by no means all) lack literary skill, they are far more representative of the British Army, Navy, and Air Force, than any professional writer with his overcharged sensibilities and his inevitable reaction to literary influences and conventions.

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