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On the right of the British line by Gilbert Nobbs

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

ON THE RIGHT OF THE BRITISH LINE

[Illustration: Captain Gilbert Nobbs. From a photograph by Aylett. ]

ON THE RIGHT OF THE BRITISH LINE

BY CAPTAIN GILBERT NOBBS (LATE L.R.B.)

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1917

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Published September, 1917

BESIDES THE MAN WHO FIGHTS THERE IS THE WOMAN WHO WAITS, AND IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO HER SILENT HEROISM I DEDICATE THIS BOOK

PREFACE

This is my first book. It is also my last. But I have a record to make and a duty to perform. I was five weeks on the firing line; four weeks mourned as dead; and three months a prisoner of war.

I have attempted to make a true record of all that happened. The names alone are fictitious (all except that of Saniez), for those days were too full of stirring events which will long live in my memory to need the aid of fiction. If I have dwelt at some length upon my experience in Germany, it is with the hope that the information may be of interest to those who have relatives and friends still in the hands of the enemy and burn to know the truth.

I do not deplore the loss of my sight, for I can say in all sincerity that I was never happier in my life than I am to day.

G.N.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. FOVANT 1 ORDERLY ROOM. OFF TO THE FRONT.

II. THE SILENT HEROES 6 THE WOMAN WHO WAITS AND SUFFERS IN SILENCE.

III. DEPARTURE FOR THE FRONT 9 WATERLOO STATION. LUNCHEON ARGUMENTS. THE BAGGAGE PROBLEM.

IV. CROSSING THE CHANNEL 15 THE DOCK PORTER. A WHIFF OF BOND STREET.

V. GOING UP THE LINE 24 PERFIDIOUS GANG PLANKS. D'ARCY STRANDED. GUIDES WHO CANNOT GUIDE. A HEATED ARGUMENT.

VI. RATIONS 33 I LEARN TO HATE FOOD. MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS.

VII. ST. AMAND 37 I REPORT AT HEADQUARTERS. THE PROBLEM OF VENTILATION.

VIII. EARLY IMPRESSIONS 41 BILLETS. A STARTLING INCIDENT. REST CAMP.

IX. DEPARTURE FOR THE SOMME 48 CORBIE. HAPPY VALLEY. PASSING THROUGH THE GUNS.

X. ARRIVAL ON THE SOMME 57 FEEDING THE GUNS. SEPTIMUS D'ARCY ARRIVES. A CURIOUS KIT.

XI. DEATH VALLEY 66 MOVING OVER BATTLE FIELDS. BATTALION, LONDON REGIMENT, IN POSSESSION. THE MYSTERY TRENCH. FALFEMONT FARM.

XII. OUT IN NO MAN'S LAND 71 SUDDEN ORDERS. THE BEGINNING OF A GREAT ADVENTURE. DIGGING IN.

XIII. A NIGHT OF ALARM 82 SEPTIMUS IN A NEW RÔLE... Continue reading book >>




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