Philip Sylvester in Arras - 1917

from Forgotten Voices of the Great War, page 207:

We went ... to a place near Arras to have a rest. We were fed on double rations - as were the horses - to strengthen us as summer was coming. It was rather nice, and although we were quite a distance away from Messines, when I was on picket duty I heard the terrific roar of the mines going off. Eventually we heard we were going to go to Passchendaele. The 51st Division had just come out and I used to hear their bagpipes in the morning. I remember their buttons were polished, and they were always marching up and down, and above our heads the Richthofen circuses would have their dogfights going …   more >>
cite as

Max Arthur (ed.), Forgotten Voices of the Great War (London, 2002), p. 207. accessed: 19 April, 2024

location of experience: Arras


Experience Information

Date/Time 1917
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others


Gunner Philip Sylvester served with the Royal Artillery.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:45:38 +0100