Chapter I. LAVENTIE, May to October, 1916
The 61st Division lands in France. - Instruction. - The
Laventie sector. - Trench warfare at its height. - Moberly
wounded. - B Company's raid. - Front and back areas. - July
19. - Changes in the Battalion. - A Company's raid. - A
projected attack. - Laventie days. - Departure for the Somme.
Chapter II. THE SOMME BATTLEFIELD, November, 1916
Departure from Laventie. - At Robecq. - The march southwards.
- Rest at Neuvillette. - Contay Wood. - Albert. - New
trenches. - Battle conditions. - Relieving the front line. -
Desire Trench. - Regina dug-out. - Mud and darkness. - A heavy
barrage. - Fortunes of Headquarters. - A painful relief. -
Chapter III. CHRISTMAS ON THE SOMME, December, 1916
The move from Martinsart to Hedauville. - Back to Martinsart. -
Working parties. - Dug-outs at Mouquet Farm. - Field Trench. -
Return to the front line. - Getting touch. - Guides. - An
historic patrol. - Christmas in the trenches.
Chapter IV. AT MAISON PONTHIEU, January-February, 1917
Visitors to the Battalion. - The New Year. - A wintry march. -
Arrival at Maison Ponthieu. - Severe weather. - At war with the
cold. - Training for offensive action. - By rail to Marcelçave.
- Billets at Rainecourt. - Reconnoitring the French line near
Chapter V. IN THE ABLAINCOURT SECTOR, February, 1917
German retreat foreshadowed. - The Battalion takes over the
Ablaincourt Sector. - Issues in the making. - Lieutenant Fry
mortally wounded. - The raid by German storm-troops on February
28. - The raid explained.
Chapter VI. LIFE IN THE FRONT LINE, Winter, 1916-1917
Ignorance of civilians and non-combatants. - The front line
posts. - Hardships and dangers. - Support platoons. - The
Company Officers. - The Battalion relieved by the 182nd Brigade.
Chapter VII. THE ADVANCE TO ST. QUENTIN, March to April, 1917
The enemy's retirement. - Road-mending in No-Man's-Land. - The
devastated area. - Open warfare. - The Montolu campaign. -
Operations on the Omignon river. - The 61st Division relieved
before St. Quentin. - End of trench-warfare.
Chapter VIII. THE RAID AT FAYET, April, 1917
A German vantage-point. - Shell-ridden Holnon. - A night of
confusion. - Preparing for the raid of April 28. - The enemy
taken by surprise. - The Battalion's first V.C. - The affair at
Chapter IX. ARRAS AND AFTERWARDS, May, June, July, 1917
Relief by the French at St. Quentin. - A new Commanding Officer.
- At the Battle of Arras. - Useful work by A Company. -
Harassing fire. - A cave-dwelling. - At Bernaville and Noeux.
- In G.H.Q. reserve. - A gas alarm by General Hunter Weston. -
The Ypres arena.
Chapter X. THE THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES, August, 1917
A Battalion landmark. - Poperinghe and Ypres. - At Goldfish
Château. - The attack near St. Julien on August 22. - Its
results. - A mud-locked battle. - The back-area. - Mustard
gas. - Pill-box warfare.
Chapter XI. THE ATTACK ON HILL 35, September, 1917
Iberian, Hill 35, and Gallipoli. - The Battalion ordered to make
the seventh attempt against Hill 35. - The task. - A and D
Companies selected. - The assembly position. - Gassed by our
own side. - Waiting for zero. - The attack. - Considerations
governing its failure. - The Battalion quits the Ypres
Chapter XII. AUTUMN AT ARRAS AND THE MOVE TO CAMBRAI, October, November, December, 1917
The Battalion's return to Arras. - A quiet front. - The
Brigadier and his staff. - A novelty in tactics. - B Company's
raid. - A sudden move. - The Cambrai front. - Havrincourt
Wood. - Christmas at Suzanne.
Chapter XIII. THE GREAT GERMAN ATTACK OF MARCH 21,
The French relieved on the St. Quentin front. - The calm before
the storm. - A golden age. - The Warwick raid. - The German
attack launched. - Defence of Enghien Redoubt. - Counter-attack
by the Royal Berks. - Holnon Wood lost. - The battle for the
Beauvoir line. - The enemy breaks through.
Chapter XIV. THE BRITISH RETREAT, March, 1918
Rear-guard actions. - The Somme crossings. - Bennett relieved
by the 20th Division at Voyennes. - Davenport with mixed troops
ordered to counter-attack at Ham. - Davenport killed. - The
enemy crosses the Somme. - The stand by the 184th Infantry
Brigade at Nesle. - Colonel Wetherall wounded. - Counter-attack
against La Motte. - Bennett captured. - The Battalion's
sacrifice in the great battle.
Chapter XV. THE BATTLE OF THE LYS, April-May, 1918
Effects of the German offensive. - The Battalion amalgamated
with the Bucks. - Entrainment for the Merville area. - A
dramatic journey. - The enemy break-through on the Lys. - The
The Battalion marches into action. - The defence of Robecq. -
Operations of April 12, 13, 14. - The fight for Baquerolle Farm.
- A troublesome flank. - Billeted in St. Venant. - The lunatic
asylum. - La Pierrière. - The Robecq sector.
Chapter XVI. THE TURNING OF THE TIDE May, June, July, August, 1918
Rations and the Battalion Transport. - At La Lacque. - The
bombing of Aire. - General Mackenzie obliged by his wound to
leave the Division. - Return of Colonel Wetherall. - Tripp's
Farm on fire. - A mysterious epidemic. - A period of wandering.
- The march from Pont Asquin to St. Hilaire. - Nieppe Forest.
- Attack by A and B Companies on August 7. - Headquarters
gassed. - A new Colonel. - The Battalion goes a-reaping.
Chapter XVII. LAST BATTLES, August to December, 1918
German retreat from the Lys. - Orderly Room and its staff. -
The new devastated area. - Itchin Farm, Merville and Neuf
Berquin. - Mines and booby-traps. - Advance to the Lys. -
Estaires destroyed. - Laventie revisited. - The attack on
Junction Post. - Lance-Corporal Wilcox, V.C. - Scavenging at
the XI Corps school. - On the Aubers ridge. - The end in sight.
- Move to Cambrai. - In action near Bermerain and Maresches. -
A fine success. - Domart and Demobilisation. - Work at Etaples.
- Off to Egypt.