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Q.6.a and Other places by Francis Buckley

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Q. 6. A

AND OTHER PLACES

Q. 6. A AND OTHER PLACES

RECOLLECTIONS OF 1916, 1917, 1918

BY FRANCIS BUCKLEY

LONDON SPOTTISWOODE, BALLANTYNE & CO. LTD. 1 NEW-STREET SQUARE, E.C. 4 1920

INTRODUCTION

In the following pages I have tried to set down as faithfully as I can some of the impressions which remain to me now of three years' service in France and Flanders.

I have naturally suppressed much of the grim and ghastly horrors that were shared by all in the fighting area. A narrative must be written from some point of view, and I have had to select my own. I regret that so much personal and trivial incident should appear. Perhaps some will be able to see through the gross egotistical covering and get a glimpse, however faint, of the deeds of deathless heroism performed by my beloved comrades--the officers and men of the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers, the officers and men of the 149th Infantry Brigade, the officers and men of the 50th Division.

The climax of the story is the battle on the Somme where so many dear friends have perished. The name is taken from a spot where a small party of the 7th N.F. did something long afterwards to avenge their fallen comrades.

Finally no criticism of the Higher Command is intended by anything that has been written. If such can be read between the lines, it is unintentional and a matter for sincere regret.

CONTENTS

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I. WHEN IT BEGAN 1

II. THE MEN OF THE NORTH COUNTRY 7

III. ALNWICK 12

IV. THE JOURNEY OUT 17

V. HILL 60 22

VI. MOUNT SORREL AND CANNY HILL 31

VII. KEMMEL 41

VIII. DIVISIONAL REST 48

IX. BRIGADE HEAD-QUARTERS 52

X. THE BRIGADE BOMBING SCHOOL 59

XI. ST. ELOI AND NEUVE EGLISE 64


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