The Great War as I Saw It

By Frederick George Scott

The nice conflict as I observed it's a recollection of global warfare I by way of the Canadian writer Frederick George Scott.

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At that second a soldier got here up and informed me that one of many officials with whom I had entered town approximately part an hour in the past were killed, and his physique were taken to a British ambulance within the urban. I walked around the sq., and there I observed the stretcher-bearers sporting off a few civilians who have been hit through splinters of the shell. within the health center have been many lifeless our bodies and wounded males for there were over 100 casualties within the urban that day. We had rarely arrived while once more we heard the ripping sound which had one of these sinister which means. Then a great explosion. the ultimate and dreadful bombardment of Ypres had started. At durations of ten mins the large seventeen-inch shells fell, sounding the loss of life knell of the attractive previous city. at the subsequent morning, the brother-in-law of the officer who were killed known as on me and requested me to head and spot the city significant and safe a section of floor that may be used for the Canadian cemetery. the city significant gave us permission to mark off a plot within the new British cemetery. It was once in an open box close to the reformatory, recognized by way of the identify of the obvious d’Amour, and by means of it used to be a department canal. Our headquarters ordered the Engineers to mark off where, and that evening we laid the physique to relaxation. the subsequent morning used to be Thursday, the memorable April 22. The day was once vibrant and lovely. After burying one other guy within the Canadian lot, I went off to have lunch and write a few letters in my billet. within the afternoon one of many sixteenth Battalion got here in and requested me to have a party of the Holy Communion at the following morning, as a number of the males want to attend. I requested him to stick to tea and amuse himself until I had comprehensive my letters. whereas i used to be writing I heard the ripping sound of an coming near near shell, quick via a huge crash. a few construction rather nearby had obviously been struck. I wear my cap and went out, while the landlady me and stated, “I desire you're not going into town. ” “I am simply going to determine the place the shell has struck,” I responded, “and will come again instantly. ” I by no means observed her back. As I went up the road I observed the shell had hit a wide construction which have been used as a sanatorium. The smoke from the shell used to be nonetheless rolling up into the transparent sky. pondering my providers should be wanted in supporting to take away the sufferers, i began off towards the development. There i used to be joined via a stretcher-bearer and we went during the gate into the big backyard the place we observed the still-smoking gap within the floor which the shell had made. I keep in mind that, as I seemed into it, I had a similar type of eerie feeling which I had skilled while taking a look down the crater of Vesuvius. there has been whatever uncanny concerning the arrival of shells out of the transparent sky. They issues supernatural. The holes made by means of the seventeen-inch shells with which Ypres used to be assailed have been large in measurement. The engineers had measured one in a box; it was once a minimum of thirty-nine toes throughout and fifteen ft deep.

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