Gun Fire (Number 54), edited by A.J. Peacock
A5 size booklet, 52 pages. (N6454X1)
Wounded, Left Leg, at Landrecies
Walter Aust, Hull Commercial
Before Endeavours Fade
Notes And Queries
From the first page: The funeral took place with full military honours at the Fulford cemetery, York, of the late Private Harold Johnson, of the 3rd Coldstream Guards, who died in the Central Military Hospital from the effects of injuries sustained in the war. The deceased, who was 34 years of age belonged to Shipton Thorpe, and had resided at St. Anne's-street, York. He went to France with his regiment in the war and was severely wounded, having a leg blown off. He was a prisoner in Germany for six months, and was among the first batch of men repatriated. Since returning to York he had been employed at the Headquarter Offices of the Northern Command. Mr Johnson wrote an account of his experiences which he signed as follows: 7045 Mr. H. C. Johnson, No.2 Company, 3rd. Battalion Coldstream Guards, 4th Guards Brigade 1st. Division, Expeditionary Force, General French.
Interestingly, an earlier edition of the journal explained the origins of the slang phrase 'Gun Fire', detailing how 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 good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but 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.