Category Archives: World War I memoirs

Second lieutenant Robert Butler Nivison, 21st KRRC

Walking through Hampstead Cemetery in London this week I saw a memorial to Sir Robert Nivison, 1st Baron Glendyne of Sanduhan, his wife Jane and their son, Robert Butler. Sir Robert Nivison was a well-known banker and stockbroker, whose company, … Continue reading

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The effect of a shellburst as seen by a First World War soldier

A First World War soldier reflects on his first experience of shellfire. ‘And was I panic stricken? No. Not in the least. It would be hard to analyse my feelings as I gazed at the ugly brown hole in the … Continue reading

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Joining ‘The Mutton Lancers’ in 1914

‘I see from my discharge papers that I enlisted on 27 August 1914. As I was born on 26 January 1898, it follows that I was sixteen years and seven months old. ‘The Battle of Mons had just been fought, … Continue reading

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An American in France

‘What I have a vivid memory of is the French soldiers – being in a small village and going into a local wine shop in the evening. ‘They had very, very little money. But they were having wine and singing … Continue reading

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Hidden dangers of war

‘In the shallow ditch outside that Le Touret farm, among the black mud now nearly dry, were to be seen a variety of old grenades brown with rust, tumbled in with tin cans and broken harness. ‘I looked at them … Continue reading

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Choosing your religion

‘Every soldier was supplied with an identity disk to be worn around his neck, on which was embossed his name, number, regiment and religion. A member of my company, one Eastwood, when asked for his religion replied: “What are you … Continue reading

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