William Norman Collins in Somme - 31 October, 1915

from Last Man Standing, page 90:

We had Hallowe’en before the battle, it was the last day of October, when all the officers gathered together and we had something to eat and there was a lot of heavy drinking and a sing-song. The Pipe Sergeant Major was brought in to play the pipes and they are deafening in a small barn and when he had finished, the Colonel said ‘What will you have to drink?’ And he said ‘I will have a crème de menthe’. And he held out his mug and they filled it up with crème de menthe and he drank it all in one draught.
cite as

Norman Collins, and Richard Van Emden (ed.), Last Man Standing (Barnsley, 2012), p. 90. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402419082060 accessed: 23 September, 2023

location of experience: Somme


William Norman Collins

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 October, 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors


Norman Collins served with the Seaforth Highlanders.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:51:22 +0100