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By John Allister Currie

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“The Red Watch”

With the First Canadian Division in Flanders

by

John Allister Currie

M.P.

LONDON:
CONSTABLE AND COMPANY, LTD.
1916

COPYRIGHT, CANADA, 1916
By McCLELLAND, GOODCHILD & STEWART, LIMITED
TORONTO.

PRINTED IN CANADA.

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY
OF THE CANADIAN SOLDIERS
WHO FELL IN FLANDERS

These for the Empire stood in war array, Barring the Hun invader on his way; Into the battle rushed at Duty’s call, Resolved to hold their trenches or to fall; That Britons ne’er to tyrants bend the knee But live as they were born, unyoked and free. Now, in the bosom of a distant land These warriors sleep, for such is God’s command. The Fates in all decree, and have their will, And mortals must their destiny fulfill.

J.A. CURRIE, M.P.,
Colonel.

CONTENTS

PAGE

Preface 9

CHAPTER I Kilties in Canada 11

CHAPTER II “The Red Watch” or 48th Highlanders 18

CHAPTER III The Newer Colonial Policy 22

CHAPTER IV The Call to Arms 28

CHAPTER V Organizing Imperial Battalions 37

CHAPTER VI The New Armada 46

CHAPTER VII Salisbury and the Stones of Stonehenge 63

CHAPTER VIII Under Field Marshal Earl Roberts 72

CHAPTER IX Moulding an Army 81

CHAPTER X His Majesty the King, and Field Marshal the Right Hon. Viscount Kitchener 90

CHAPTER XI Off for France 100

CHAPTER XII Somewhere in Flanders 112

CHAPTER XIII With Field Marshal Sir John French 116

CHAPTER XIV Under Hiex Shells 122

CHAPTER XV The Flare—lit Trenches of Fromelles 132

CHAPTER XVI With General Sir Douglas Haig 146

CHAPTER XVII The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 155

CHAPTER XVIII Billets and Bivouacs 174

CHAPTER XIX With General Sir Horace Smith—Dorrien 182

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