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Fled in utter disorder. " Middlesex Regiment were also Alas these were not fists. sufficient. They were digging trenches near Mons when a mass of Germans, who seemed to come from nowhere, bore down upon them. " The whole company followed their sergeant's lead, but they were mowed down like grass. of the " Here Fusilier is ; a typical Irish description from a Munster " The Germans seem to think that you can catch Irish soldiers with fly-papers, for they just stepped up the other day and called on us to surrender, as bold as you like and bolder.

The following account of part of the " same battle above remark The Engineers built a pontoon bridge across the river. They were under shell fire all the time, but they stuck to the work gamely. Luckily the shells dropped in the river, illustrates the : and did not explode. The order was given to cross the bridge man by man, six yards between each man. I saw men getting It was a race across under fire. ready for their turn, as if it were a hundred yards sprint and the officer giving the word to the next man Go/ ' : It was an exciting time, and lots of men fell in the river and were drowned.

They hung twenty One of the Lancashire Fusiliers when Mons continued left behind was was also he stood so up gone. His bayonet gone, with folded arms until he was shot down. Here is how the brigade to which the Welsh at to fire until his last cartridge regiment belonged faced fearful odds. " ' The contemptible ' little Army were opposed by 300,000 Germans. Our brigade got a position that, had the enemy made a dash at us, we should have been overwhelmed. Had they had the pluck FACING FEARFUL ODDS 39 they could have come over a ridge and mowed us down, for we were all in a valley, but our General knew we were safe from any attack in the open.

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