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The Cross at the Front; Fragments from the Trenches (Paperback) Loot Price: R270 Discovery Miles 2 700
The Cross at the Front; Fragments from the Trenches (Paperback): Thomas Tiplady
The Cross at the Front; Fragments from the Trenches (Paperback): Thomas Tiplady

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The Cross at the Front; Fragments from the Trenches (Paperback)

Thomas Tiplady

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... xxiv poppies and barbed wire just behind the line where our men fought on July i there is a soldiers' cemetery which has become to me a garden of memories. It was a sunny morning when I first saw its white crosses and scarlet poppies. I was on my way to the adjoining village to arrange a service for one of my regiments which had been billeted there for fatigue duties. There was no sign of a cemetery until one got in front of it, for the side view was obstructed. Suddenly rows of little white crosses glinting in the sun startled the sight, and awoke the imagination to scenes of battle and sudden death. The appeal of the crosses was irresistible, and I jumped off my bicycle to look at the names. There were soldiers from many counties lying there, and upon some cross might be a name familiar and loved. Who could tell? In the far right-hand corner a burial party was at work. I asked what had happened, and they told me. An hour before, the Germans had shelled the village, and four men had been killed. At breakfast the four lads were happy and bright, eating heartily and laughing merrily. By dinnertime they were wrapped in their blankets and lying silent in death. At teatime they were sleeping in the graves which comrades had dug for them. As I entered the village I saw the deep hole in the road where the shell had burst. There had been no time to fill it in, and I had to wheel my bicycle round it. The Sunday following we had our service on the stretch of grass within the cemetery. It did not seem a melancholy place for worship. Somehow death seems different out here. It looks more natural, for our burials have more of simple faith and less of pagan pageantry. We use no coffin, wear no black, shed no tears, and lay upon the graves no dying flowers. Our brothers fall a...

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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Thomas Tiplady
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 68
ISBN-13: 978-1-4588-6845-9
Barcode: 9781458868459
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Books > Humanities > History
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Books > History > General
LSN: 1-4588-6845-1

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