Goodbye to All That and Cambrin Churchyard

Not my article. But I know the book and the regiment very well. Well worth a read in this centenary year.

Tommy at War

Robert Graves’ “Goodbye to All That” was published in 1929. Its appearance aroused considerable controversy, not least because parts of its content are undoubtedly a mix of Graves’ best recollections and fiction. A number of men who served with Graves took exception to certain aspects of the book. However, there are passages which give a vivid account of events from World War 1. On the opening day of the Battle of Loos, 25 September 1915, Graves’ battalion, the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, were in support of the Middlesex Regiment and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who were leading waves in the attack. This was the first occasion on which the British Army had used poison gas and in Graves’ sector its use caused considerable casualties to British soldiers due to the lack of wind. We visited Cambrin and Cambrin Churchyard Extension cemetery on a recent World War 1 tour…

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  1. I was in St Just, Cornwall today (before I read your post) and read the war memorial there. 50 men from this very small community died and there were four lots of multiple surnames which I assume meant four families lost three members each …..

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