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One Young Man

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.

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,886 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.9
LoC Categories: U, CT
Downloads: 957
Added to site: 2006.03.05 12924

I am glad that this very personal little book is to be re-published,if only for private circulation, for it rings as true to-day as it didyesterday.It tells the story of one young man in the Great War, but, in fact, itreveals no less the personality of the writer who knit the young man'sstory together.

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ous breed, but Sydney Baxter was not of that build. So that there may be no mistake let me give his own words. They are frank enough to be convincing.

"When war fell upon Europe I was one of those foolish people who imagined that the Kaiser and his army would be completely crushed before Xmas, 1914. For the first two months I never gave a thought to the possibility of my becoming a soldier. I couldn't imagine myself with a rifle and bayonet chasing Huns, or standing the rough-and-ready life of the soldier, and the thought of blood was horrible. I had worn glasses since I was a boy of twelve, and for that reason, among others, I had not learnt the art of self-defence where quickness of vision is half the battle. From appearances and manners one would have ticketed me as a Conscientious Objector. I thank God I had not that conception of my duty to Him."

And so Sydney Baxter went on with his work. There was plenty to do. Reservists had been called up. Opportunities of advancement were many



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