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How d’you suggest? ” “You didn’t listen concerning the court-martial? there have been 5 of them—they acquired to Sheffield on a cast railway warrant, the price ticket collector there suspected it used to be dud, and prior to he may well get them to compliment him to the R. T. O. ’s workplace, they cleared off. They didn’t wish to chance returning through rail, in order that they pinched a taxi, however it ran out of juice close to Nottingham, overdue at evening, so that they walked again, yet arrived too past due for parade at the Monday. They have been noticed, hauled up, and positioned less than arrest. Now I bear in mind, it was once July the 1st! They gave the excuse they have been celebrating the outlet of the massive Push! That’s correct; the 1st of July used to be on a Saturday! I consider now. the inside track got here via within the afternoon, and used to be there a hell of a binge within the Angel and the theatre bar that evening! The 5 fellows received at the level from a field, and began dancing with the wimps within the refrain. Afterwards they'd a celebration within the women’ digs, and them subsequent day to Sheffield. the whole thing have been court-martialled and brushed off the carrier. ” “Yes, I bear in mind there has been a variety of of guys like that, giving dud cheques, and being pitched out approximately that point. lots of the battalions have been requested to ship officials to the M. G. C. whilst it used to be first shaped, and that i think despatched their duds. That’s how I acquired to the M. G. C. ,” laughed Phillip. “You don’t do not forget that Saturday? ” “No, i used to be within the C. C. S. at Heilly that night, with a blighty one. ” “Lucky for you! I went out in August, and had petrol-sickness once we have been relieved after Flers. I went into clinic for a couple of days, however it used to be cleared out for anticipated casualties, so i discovered myself at domestic, with ten days’ depart. I controlled to get 4 days’ extension, and was once ordered to record at Grantham, and right here i'm. Damned fortunate, too. I see there’s been one other push south of the Ancre. ” “Yes! We’ve obtained the Schwaben finally! yet inform me approximately Flers. It was once an excellent express, wasn’t it? ” “Good express? It was once a bloody muck-up! ” cried the opposite angrily. “The blasted newspapers cracked it up as a victory. the standard tripe—Beach Thomas’ larks making a song in the course of the barrage, our males prepared as mustard, correct on best of the trembling Hun! in fact all prisoners tremble, after bombardment! ” “What was once it like in September? ” “Well, if you happen to haven’t visible the Somme due to the fact that July the 1st, you wouldn’t recognize it. every little thing churned up and rechurned, roads, villages—in truth, you simply be aware of the place a village is as the roads, when you can name them roads, are purple rather than gray, from the bricks positioned down. now not a lot as a blade of grass anyplace, swarms of bloody flies, the woods all heaved up by way of the roots, lifeless males unburied, combined up with mules and horses, rifles, waggons, limbers, all blown to hell, and my Christ! the ponk! ” “But Flers—didn’t the tanks placed the phobia of God into the Alleyman? ” “A newspaper stunt! One bloody tank, left on my own for a few minutes or so, did cross down the most road, and that used to be all! The bloody factor broke down simply outdoors the village.

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