Florence Farmborough in Brest - 1915

from Diary of Florence Farmborough, 1915, page 9:

At 5 o'clock in the afternoon we actually left the station - but two versts had not been traversed before the engine stopped - deliberately & decisively. Nothing but empty plains around us - we chatted listlessly. Then candles were lighted - a few of us read. We were still standing. From the horse-vans & trucks behind us - our soldiers commenced singing. They first sang merrily & vigorously & then the note of tragedy, never far away crept insistently into the music. Far into the night their voices still chanted sadly drawn-out melodies of an ancient people.
cite as

Florence Farmborough, Diary of Florence Farmborough, 1915. In War Recollections of 1915 (City of Alexandria, 2005), p. 9. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1375267330 accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: Brest


Listening to

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Experience Information

Date/Time 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:08:45 +0000