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Human nature being what it is, we often find that those who do the things worth doing prefer to say little about it, either at the time or afterward.

Below we publish the understated experiences of those who fought in the Great War in their own words we get a glimpse of history told by those who made that history.


The distinguished poet and author saw active service with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry. Here he describes with the great mastery of English prose a trench relief and lone patrol at the period of the battle of Arras.

No better description of the work of a fighting squadron in France has ever been written than the following chapter by Mr Cecil Lewis. His lucid account of aerial fighting is made the more dramatic in that the patrol which he describes was the last undertaken by the famous V.C., Capt. Ball. This distinguished pilot met his death on May 7, 1917

Was Captain of the Q 12 The Tulip when she was sunk by the German Submarine U62 in

April 1917. For nineteen days he was help prisoner whilst the U-Boat continued her

unrestricted campaign against British shipping. Here he recounts those nineteen days of

capture aboard the U62.

An Eyewitness Account of the First Gas Attack.

'Trapped in Belgium'.A tale of escape.

Alfred Oliver Pollard VC MC & Bar DCM was awarded the Victoria Cross for his deeds which took place at Gavrelle, Franceon the 29 April 1917. Here in " I charge." he recollects a charge on a German trench on the 15th June 1915.