26th October 1914 Monday
All awake at dawn. Heavy firing and plenty of shells coming over. On going outside the house at daylight found track of 16 German dead leading away from the house in the direction of their retirement. One German – a boy of 16 among the dead. Buried them all in one grave – made things ship shape in the house after this and made ourselves comfy. Killed about 8 chickens for dinner which we cooked in clothes copper. Plenty of vegetables etc. (all from garden) This house boasted of a chicken run of some size and about 60 chickens. Very few when we left about a week after. Lieut Shields (MO)* killed- 100 casualties.
THIRTY YEARS ON
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
The Times, Friday, Nov 02, 1945
Sir,- In your issue on October 26, under the heading “In Memoriam,” the death of
Hugh I. S. Shields, Lieutenant, R.A.M.C., on October 26, 1914, is recalled. It may be of
interest to relate that, accompanied by Guardsman William Delaney, I assisted in the
recovery of the body from no-man’s land onthe forementioned date. On the same occasion
we rescued C.S.M. J. Orr, who was badly wounded, but recovered, from the same
ground. I may mention that in this instance we were acting under the instruction of Lieu-
tenant Harold Alexander, as the present Field-Marshal was then known, and on whose
recommendation I received my decoration.
CHARLES MORAN, D.C.M. (ex-Warrant Officer, Irish Guards).
British Council Officers, Hanover Street,
Hanover Square, W.1, Oct. 30.