Mark VII in Étaples - July, 1916

from A Subaltern on the Somme, pages 10-11:

Dusk is falling as we detrain at Étaples. We have been a long time making the short journey, and are glad to shake our limbs after being wedged tight in those uncomfortable wooden carriages. We drop out by the side of the rails and scuttle up a sandy slope, where we report and receive details of our quarters for the night. We wander through a sea of canvas, our valises following, and now by the light of a candle unroll them on the wooden floor of a bell-tent... A gramophone at a Y.M.C.A. hut some way down the side of this sandy hill is playing tunes from The Maid of the Mountains. It stops. …   more >>
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Mark VII, A Subaltern on the Somme (New York, 1928), p. 10-11. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Étaples


Mark VII
pacifist, Soldier, Writer

Listening to

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The Maid of the Mountains
written by Harold Fraser-Simson, James W. Tate

Experience Information

Date/Time July, 1916
Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Max (Mark) Plowman served with the 10th Yorkshire regiment. Invalided home in 1917, he was the only serving soldier to be court-martialled for refusing to return to fight. He later became a pacifist.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:40:22 +0100