Mark VII in France - 1916

from A Subaltern on the Somme, pages 121-122:

I’ve just come across a bundle of old newspapers giving accounts of the film of the Somme battle now being shown at the Scala in London. Those “cheery columns of men going into action” were unwittingly a little deceptive, I fancy. Not that I would say a word disparaging the men, Heaven knows. But, in the first place that comfortably seated audience should be told that a camera out here is a phenomenon and a reminder of home which any men anywhere would greet with cheers. And, in the second, I should like to insist that men going into action are usually frightfully depressed at first, so …   more >>
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Mark VII, A Subaltern on the Somme (New York, 1928), p. 121-122. accessed: 1 October, 2023

location of experience: France


Mark VII
pacifist, Soldier, Writer

Listening to

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Pack up your troubles in your old kitbag

Experience Information

Date/Time 1916
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


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 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0100