Roland Leighton et al. in Nieppe - early June, 1915

from Letter from Roland Leighton to Vera Brittain, 4 June 1915, page 119:

... I got up a concert for the company two or three days ago while we were in billets at Nieppe. I managed to borrow a piano, and the men sat in the open on forms. There were quite a lot of good singers to be found in the battalion, and it was a great success. I could not help thinking of the last occasion when I had done this sort of thing, as President of the Union Society at Uppingham. You would have been amused to see me on an improvised stage of planks singing a duet with a French girl to the strenuous accompaniment of a somewhat heavy handed corporal at the piano.
cite as

Letter from Roland Leighton to Vera Brittain, 4 June 1915. In A. G. Bishop and Mark Bostridge (ed.), Letters from a lost generation : First World War letters of Vera Brittain and four friends - Roland Leighton, Edward Brittain, Victor Richardson, Geoffrey Thurlow (:London, 1999), p. 119. accessed: 2 February, 2023

location of experience: Nieppe


Roland Leighton
2nd lieutenant, Officer (armed forces)

Experience Information

Date/Time early June, 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


Roland was serving on the Western Front with 4th Battalion The Norfolk Regiment.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 16 May 2014 16:45:56 +0100