Gun Fire (Number 1), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 1), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 1), edited by A.J. Peacock

A5 size booklet, 48 pages. (N6355)

Gun Fire was an occasional journal produced by members of the Western Front Association, and it contained articles about aspects of the First World War. In this, the very first edition, the contents include an article on a soldier from Hull who served in the 4th East Yorkshires and who had been a member of an execution squad. The full contents are as follows:

Pour Encourager les Autres (about Len Cavinder, from Hull, who served in the 4th East Yorkshires)
The Somme Film - Some Notes
Frank Wood at Etaples
Shameful Persecution
'A Scotsman' Writes
Jottings from Parliament
Before Endeavours Fade
Notes and Queries

Interestingly, the first inside page tells us the origins of the slang phrase 'Gun Fire', explaining it was a term for the early cup of tea served out to troops in the morning before going on first parade. In the War recruits in training always had Gun Fire supplied to them, as the work before breakfast was often particularly gruelling.

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.

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