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Our Battalion Being Some Slight Impressions of His Majesty's Auxiliary Forces, in Camp and Elsewhere   By: (1867-1942)

Our Battalion Being Some Slight Impressions of His Majesty's Auxiliary Forces, in Camp and Elsewhere by L. (Leonard) Raven-Hill

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"Punch" Office 10, Bouverie Street London E.C.



[Illustration: The Whitefriars Press.]

Bradbury, Agnew & Co., Ltd., Printers, London and Tonbridge.

[Illustration: 3 a.m.

Sentry : "Sunrises are all bloomin' fine in their way, but I'd rather be in bed."]


Being some slight impressions of His Majesty's Auxiliary Forces, in Camp and Elsewhere.



"An' you're sent to penny fights an' Aldershot it."


London: "Punch" Office, 10, Bouverie St., E.C. 1902.

[ All Rights Reserved. ]


PAGE Recruits 9

On Instructin' 14

The System 19

On the G.O.C. 28

The Seven Ages of the Volunteer 32

What Might Happen 34

The Lost Patrol 47

Camp Diaries:

No. 1. Lt. Col. Sir Digby Sandilands, M.P. 59

No. 2. Capt. and Adjt. "Jerry" Benson 66

No. 3. 2nd Lieutenant Fitzgerald Lawless 78

No. 4. Pte. Timothy Simmons 93

Blank Cartridges 102



3 a.m. Frontispiece.

The "Manual" 13

Not to be Trifled with 17

Flag wagging 18

Our First Puttie Parade 24 25

Field Training 27

The Firing Exercise 35

Our Review 40 41

Army Orders 43

Patrols 46

A Fair Samaritan 51

Our N.C.O.'s (No. 1) 52

Our N.C.O.'s (No. 2) 53

Hints for Patrols 54

The Best Laid Schemes, etc. 56 57

A Conundrum 65

Studies 70

Ambushed 72 73

Field Day Reflections 75

Tactics 76

Field Day Tragedies 77

Philosophies 85

M.G. 86

More Army Reforms 88 89

On Guard 91

A Misunderstanding 92

Outposts 101

At Last! 104 105

Off Duty 108

Trouble in the Band 109



Our Battalion.


The boy hesitated as he looked down the wet street of the little country town.

"I've 'arf a mind not to go," he said, "blessed if I ain't ;" then, after a pause, with hands in pockets and coat collar turned up, he lounged off, muttering, "I'll see what Bill ses."

Bill was waiting at the corner, looking somewhat sheepishly at the miscellaneous display in a "general" shop window.

"Goin'?" he said, as the other came up. "Don't think I shall at any rate not to night."

A depressing silence ensued, until a smart lad, with belt and bayonet, came by whistling and hailed them.

"Wot O! Bill; you ought to be down at the ord'ly room by now, the sergeant's bin there ever so long. I told 'im I'd bring you two along to night... Continue reading book >>

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