Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Desert Column Forum Pix
Desert Column Forum Pix

Uploaded pix which appear on the Desert Column Forum.

eXTReMe Tracker
The Lagnicourt Affair.
The Lagnicourt Affair. 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 15 June 1933, page 2

The Lagnicourt Affair.

Dear “Non-Com,'' - The letter by "One of the P.B.I:" in your columns of May 11 re myself and Lagnicourt, did, as you hoped, meet my eye. I assure you it awakened memories of a stirring, morning in April, 1917, and an experience that I have come to regard as too fantastic ever to have been mine.

Your correspondent, whose identity I can guess, was quite correct in saying that I am a survivor of that outpost fight, end correct also in his surmise that there are others - some 5 or 6 - all of whom Including myself, were taken prisoner. I should say, from memory, there were as many killed including, of course, Lieut. Pope, V.C. The survivors were all more or less wounded and in a state 6f collapse when overwhelmed by Fritz.

My recollection of the closing stages of the fight is a wild confusion of whiz-bangs, stick bombs, revolvers, curses and. grey uniforms - but enough!

Some day soon, perhaps, I'll sit down, and write the story of that great stunt and send it along to you.

The official-report in Army Orders of April 15, 1917, states:- "The body of Lieutenant Pope, along with those of most of his men, was found in close proximity to 80 enemy dead." Wishing your columns I continued success.

R.J.L., Millendon.

(That's a promise, Robert, I am sure you will have an appreciative public when you tell your detailed story on this page. “Non-Com.”)