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Adventures of a Despatch Rider

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Author: W. H. L. Watson
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,945 / 174 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.2
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 4,783
Added to site: 2005.10.15 10763
Genres: War, Adventure, Biography

The adventures (and mis-adventures) of a motorcycle rider with the 5th Division in the early months of the Great War.

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g at us with hostile eyes. Add Dublin grease, which beats the Belgian, and a crusty garage proprietor who only after persuasion supplied us with petrol, and you may be sure we were glad to see the last of it. The road to Carlow was bad and bumpy. But the sunset was fine, and we liked the little low Irish cottages in the twilight. When it was quite dark we stopped at a town with a hill in it. One of our men had a brick thrown at him as he rode in, and when we came to the inn we didn't get a gracious word, and decided it was more pleasant not to be a soldier in Ireland. The daughter of the house was pretty and passably clean, but it was very grimly that she had led me through an immense gaudy drawing-room disconsolate in dust wrappings, to a little room where we could wash. She gave us an exiguous meal at an extortionate charge, and refused to put more than two of us up; so, on the advice of two gallivanting lancers who had escaped from the Curragh for some supper, we called in the aid of the police, and were b

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Jim Nietopski

A must read for the WWI collector; lively, hurmorous, informative, front line narrative of the early campaings of the BEF through 1915. A very pleasant read. Many interesting insights into the day to day lives of the civilian population in the front line areas.

vimal Patel

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