Whoever may read
these notes must not expect a record of gallant deeds, but a true indication of
the conditions and life in the Army with it’s sorrows and joys, monotony and
fun, work and play both at home and overseas, which is the lot of every
the reasons of indicating the style of work and duty, to say nothing of the
hardships, I have left out anything which I have had personally to do or put up
with if it is at all out of the ordinary, but have only penned such things as
might, and do, continually happen to any infantryman in the British Army.
many points mentioned herein which perhaps may not be of the slightest interest
to any but myself, but it must be remembered that the chief object in writing
my experiences whilst serving as a soldier in this ‘War’ is to have a record
for reference in future years and to call to mind any incidents which might
otherwise be forgotten.
who read these pages, the continual repetition of various incidents may prove
monotonous, but life in the Army, either at Home or Overseas is itself monotonous.
The style of writing with the dates at the sides is for easy reference.
also be remembered that the hardships and privations which may be mentioned,
are daily occurrences and not special to the writer.
BERNARD JOSEPH BROOKES