‘The simple and true story of a clerk who enlisted in 1914, who fought on the Western Front for nearly two years, was severely wounded at the Battle of the Somme, and is now on his way back to his desk’. Account of the service of “Sydney Baxter” (revealed in the preface to be Reginald Davis), from personal diaries edited by Sir (John) Ernest Hodder-Williams, partner in the publishing firm of Hodder and Stoughton.
Reginald Davis joined a battalion of the London Regiment in November 1914.
I: INTRODUCES ONE YOUNG MAN
II: ONE YOUNG MAN JOINS THE ARMY
III: ONE YOUNG MAN IN CAMP
IV: ONE YOUNG MAN ON ACTIVE SERVICE
V: ONE YOUNG MAN AT HILL 60
VI: ONE YOUNG MAN RECEIVES A LETTER
VII: ONE YOUNG MAN IN THE SALIENT
VIII: ONE YOUNG MAN’S SUNDAY
IX: ONE YOUNG MAN ON TREK
X: ONE YOUNG MAN ANSWERS QUESTIONS
XI: ONE YOUNG MAN’S LEAVE
XII: ONE YOUNG MAN AGAIN IN THE TRENCHES
XIII: ONE YOUNG MAN GETS A “BLIGHTY”
London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., 1917
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