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THE OFFICER'S REVOLVER

WOUNDED SOLDIERS EXPERIENCES. An interesting story is told by .Lancecorporal Nolan, of tho Scots drey a : •■ Wo went to the village of Itebaifi, and got instantly in touch with a largo crowd of Germans. "Whilst wo were preparing to engage them a scout ■came up to saythat a whole division of Germans wore coming up on our left. We. could not gel out of it, for we were fairly caught. Wc charged thoso noarest to 'us, und gave them all they wanted. lu. the hand-tiv hand fight my horse was shot from under me. I was left behind and helpless, with my right a.nn. shot through tho bone. Sergeant Dodds happened to turn round, and seeing mc on tho ground ho turned back alone and ehouted to mc: "Come along, Nojan, old boy; jump up behind me.'' With his assistance I got on his horse's cup and held on with my legs. W<> had gob out of the tight corner, but out troubles w<sro not over. Thirty of us had to run the gannth:b through the village, with the Germans fixing from tho window*:, to join the main Iwdy. Only five got through. In the mad rueli through tho viilage Dodds was ako shot badly in the leg, and the poor horeo, which Tv-as carrying us two, was also brought down. The result wis that tho two of us fell helpless to tho ground, and we wero immediately .surrounded by a, crowd of German*, who yelled and acted liko n Jot of wu-ages. " Wc saw thorn waring practically every bit of clothing from one of our poor chape who had been killed, u.iul in my ov,n ca*» ihcy stripped me of everything but, my trousers and i.hirt. They took from me the revolver that I had taken from a Gorman officer, and one of them was about to ,*ti'ip mc of my shirt when a. funny thing occurred. 1 often laugh when 1 think of it. "When I wae. looking up, and trying to thing .t« little ea possible about my arm, who should stand above me but the captured Gorman officer whose guard had been killed. He said : ' You arc the man who took my ?x»volver. Let me have it back instantly.* I said that I had notgot it. and that one of his own men had relieved me of it- 'Then oomo with jii*,' he said, 'and find the man who took it,, and I ehiill have- liim shot.' I went around with him as a. matter of form, but I was not having any. Even if I had found tho chap who had taken the revolver, I should not. have peached on the poor devil, as I knew what his fate would have- been." Nolan was later taken to hospital, and waa abandoned there by the Germans, who were attacked by «i- British cavalry brigade

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THE OFFICER'S REVOLVER, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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THE OFFICER'S REVOLVER Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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