Preface

Talking to my Parish Priest one day I illustrated a point by describing an incident during the First World War.

He seemed interested and said: “Why don’t you write a book about your experiences?” I laughed at the idea and told him, quite truthfully, that I hadn’t had the education.

However, I mentioned the matter to my daughter, who is interested in writing herself, and she said: “Go on Dad, get some pencils and exercise books and write down what you can remember. I’ll type it for you and at least I should like to read it”.

So, after fifty years I set out to record what I can remember of my Army experiences. Every word is true; only some of the names mentioned are fictitious and I have purposely avoided looking up records and histories so that just my memories are included. I cannot vouch for the actual order of the events as I have no memory for dates.

The result is dedicated to the best pal a Tommy ever had; Bill Easterby.

Harry Williams.

No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)