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"A CRYSTAL PALACE CROWD

A i .dostream Guardsman, who wap amfiiK those very intimately concerned with what he calls the “ecrapping- round about fompiegnp ” on September 1, complains that it baa been “nothing but march, march, march, and fighting." which is "all right in its way, but yon get fen up with it.” The Complegne affair was "the biggest dust up” our folds',reamer had been in. He and his mates were too busy “ fetching down Germans for hours” 1o think of eating. H° adds : “ You thought it was a big crowd that, jdreamed out of the Crystal Palace when we went, to see the enp final. Well, it was just, as if that crowd came at u«. You couldn't miss them. Our bullet*, ploughed into thorn, hut etfll they came for us, I was well entrenched, and my rifle got so hot I could hardly hold it. When we did get the order to pet at them we made no mistake*- They cringed at the bayonet, but those on our left, wing tried to get round us. \Y« yelled like demons, and after racing as hard as

v.-o cmiid for quite 500 yards we cut up iw-arly every man who did not run away. Our officer* sa-v” us time to get our wind, and we were told to take up another position. Here our cover was not so good. On our left wore our cavalry. The enemy’s run* were blazing away, and they pot us nirolv, hut not for long. You have read of iho charge of the Light Brigade. Tt wos nowt to our chaps. I should think. They went hell for leather end cut them nn again and again. . . . This kind of thing was going on all day. In the afternoon I thought we should all get howled over, as they came for us again in their hig numbers. We could not stop them with bullets, so they had another ta.de of the bayonet. My captain, a fine fellow, was new to me, and as he fetched them down ho shouted out s * Give ’em socks, my lads !* How many were killed and wounded I don't know, but the field was covered with them when we left. We were not finished, for *a we moved again they made tenoral attempts to get through end split us up, hut ft didn’t corns off. Our cavalry, three miles from our lot, cut them up again, and we got some of their guns. We who are not hurt are in the pin, and hope, if they will give us a few pours’ iCJt, to drive them back."

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"A CRYSTAL PALACE CROWD, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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"A CRYSTAL PALACE CROWD Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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