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500 of the Best Cockney War Stories

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I often wonder if any other battalion had the "honour" of "attacking the enemy" clad only in tin hats.—G. M. Rampton (late 12th London Regt., "Rangers"), 43 Cromwell Road, Winchester.

His Good-bye to the Q.M.

Scene, Ypres, May 1915. The battalion to which I belonged had been heavily shelled for many hours, and among the casualties was "Topper" Brown, a Cockney, who was always in trouble for losing items of his kit. Taken to the dressing station to have a badly shattered foot amputated, he recovered consciousness to find the C.Q.M.S. standing by the stretcher on which he lay.

The C.Q.M.S., not knowing the extent of Brown's injury, inquired, "What's the trouble, Brown?"

In a weak voice the Cockney replied, "Lost one boot and one sock again, Quarter."—E. E. Daniels (late K.R.R.), 178 Caledonian Road, N.1.

From Bow and Harrow

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