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Armistice Day 1918 - by an American Soldier.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 11th November 2018 at 13:37 - Posted in Military Blogs

This article entitled 'War is Over' a Memoir by an American Soldier,“I was fully awake long before reveille, sleepy and unrefreshed, and when reveille came we received orders to move within two hours.Four of us and one N.C.O. were left behind to load a lorry. And then we too packed up and set out to follow the unit.Thinking to take a short cut across country, we ascended the hill-slope, jumping and clambering across shell-holes and striding through long grass An Australian soldier lay on a lom...
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 7 - A Hideous Nights Drive

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 05th November 2018 at 8:52 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser FrontChapter VII - A Hideous Night DriveDixmude was in a terrible state, suffering from a blasting and withering shell-fire, yet there the ambulances went on, hearing that wounded men needed them. They did not stop short of the town itself this time, but went right in. "We worked there all day and all night." The streets...
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 6 - Gipsy and the Major

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 22nd October 2018 at 9:25 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter VI - Gipsy and the MajorBY this time the resources of food at the hospital had run out—even porridge was not available—but fortunately one small butcher's shop in the town was discovered open, and at the back was a kind of little café where the workers could get something to eat. Through the streets...
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 5 - On The Road

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 18th October 2018 at 7:59 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter V - On The RoadThere was no question about the amount of work waiting to be done at Furnes. Calls from Dixmude, where hot fighting was going on, were incessant, and the ambulances were kept hard at it. Dixmude is about eight miles south-east of Furnes as the crow flies, but much more by road; and the way...
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 4 - The Retreat

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 15th October 2018 at 15:13 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter IV - The RetreatBut Ghent did not long remain a refuge; well before the middle of the month earnest warnings to evacuate it were given. The way in which the final summons came was dramatic. Mairi was in bed, sleeping with her usual heart-whole earnestness, when she was awakened suddenly, and saw standing...
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 3 - The Field of Mercy

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 10th October 2018 at 19:30 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter III - The Field Of MercyIn the midst of this whirlpool of madness and misery Melle was inhabited. There were old men and women and children whose homes were in those shot-torn houses, and they had cowered there while the shells hurtled overhead and the piercing bullets flew like arrows. After this fearful...
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The Cellar Hose of Pervyse - Chapter 2 - In the Thick of Battle

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 09th October 2018 at 19:30 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser FrontChapter II - In the Thick of a BattleBy September 29, three days after they had arrived in Ghent, Gipsy's vital energy had got too much for her, and she had to do something or explode; so she found a job in driving the car of the Belgian Colonel, whose own chauffeur had disappeared. She fell into this niche, which...
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The Cellar House at Pervyse - Chapter 1 - The Start

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 08th October 2018 at 8:27 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser FrontChapter I - The StartI shall never forget them as I saw them first, a little oddly mixed group. They might have been a party of Cook's tourists going for a week-end across the Channel as they stood there in Victoria Station; but it was more than a week-end trip they had to face. At first I thought that some of them...
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Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries VC, 34th Battalion. AIF

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 13th October 2016 at 9:17 - Posted in Military Blogs

Captain Clarence Jeffries, 34th Battalion, Victoria Cross action at Passchendaele, Belgium. It was a posthumous award.The 9th Australian Brigade suffered bitter losses in its ill-fated attack on Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. Before he became one of the officers killed there, Clarence "Jeff" Jeffries (1894-1917) had led attacks on German machine-gun posts, capturing several guns and killing or capturing their crews.Jeffries was just 22 and his family was well known in the Newcastle region, where...
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The Boar's Head - 30th June 1916 - Southdowns in Action

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 30th June 2016 at 11:33 - Posted in Military Blogs

The Eastbourne Gazette on 2nd August 1916, had these two reports of the action at 'Boar's Head'.Southdowns in ActionLetter from Sergeant RowsellWriting from the V.A.D. Hospital, Fernlagul, Larkfield, near Maidstone on July 29th. Lance-Sergeant T.S. Roswell says:-“As an old Eastbourian I have been a reader of your valuable paper for some years and I received it weekly in the trenches before I was wounded. I belong to one of the Southdowns Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment and am able to tell...
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