Ivor Gurney in Bailleul - between 31 May, 1916 and 8 June, 1916

from Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, page 89:

We were told that our battalion was to go up for instruction to a Welsh battalion, and some of us feared a rough type. Well, up we went through the interminable communication trenches … reached our point, were detailed, and then - C[ridlan] and I crawled into a candle lit dugout, and so met four of the nicest young men you could meet, possibly. They knew folksong. And one of them sang 'David of the White Rock' and 'A Slumber Song'… A most amazing evening, as you must admit. I had but 3 hours sleep the night before, but sleep was out of the question on such an occasion. Some of them came …   more >>
cite as

Ivor Gurney, and R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters (Manchester, 1991), p. 89. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1389643545184 accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Bailleul


Ivor Gurney
Private Gloucestershire Regiment, Composer

Listening to

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A Slumber Song
David of the White Rock
written by David Owen

Experience Information

Date/Time between 31 May, 1916 and 8 June, 1916
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by EdmundKing on Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:05:45 +0000