Roland Leighton et al. in Flanders - 28 August, 1915

from Letter from Roland Leighton to Vera Brittain, 28 Aug. 1915, page 151:

I have brought the Company out woodcutting for the R.E. [Royal Engineers] this morning, and am writing this sitting on a tree trunk in a clearing. It is a glorious morning — very hot outside; but in this world of green and brown it is a sheer delight. The wood is about 3 miles long and covers two little hills and a valley between. Someone has just begun to whistle part of the Overture to ‘William Tell’, and it sounds so appropriate here among the aisles of trees with the ring of axes as a background. And this is war!
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Letter from Roland Leighton to Vera Brittain, 28 Aug. 1915. In A. G. Bishop and Mark Bostridge (ed.), Letters from a lost generation : First World War letters of Vera Brittain and four friends - Roland Leighton, Edward Brittain, Victor Richardson, Geoffrey Thurlow (:London, 1999), p. 151. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Flanders


Roland Leighton
2nd lieutenant, Officer (armed forces)

Listening to

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William Tell Overture
written by Rossini

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 August, 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


The exact location was Bois de Warnimont.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 16 May 2014 17:09:44 +0100