William Norman Collins in Mailly-Maillet - November, 1916

from Last Man Standing, page 108:

After the attack I was appointed burial officer and was told just to get on with the job of burying the dead… In a Highland Regiment, there were many men from the same family, village or town. I mean some of them obviously were just crying, and it was quite natural. If your brother was picked up on a battlefield like that, well, you’ve only got to imagine what you would feel like, and that’s exactly what they felt like. We took the dead on stretchers back to Mailly Maillet Wood and dug a long trench and put the dead in there, wrapped in an army blanket, neatly packed in like …   more >>
cite as

Norman Collins, and Richard Van Emden (ed.), Last Man Standing (Barnsley, 2012), p. 108. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402420079956 accessed: 8 December, 2023

location of experience: Mailly-Maillet


William Norman Collins

Listening to

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The Flowers of the Forest
The Last Post

Experience Information

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


Norman Collins served with the Seaforth Highlanders.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:08:00 +0100