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Record 29857

Reading Experience:

'I was reading in the headquarters shelter when the great man [the Brigadier-General] suddenly drew aside the sacking of the entrance, and gleamed stupendously in our candlelight, followed by an almost equally menacing Staff Captain.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between May 1916 and Jun 1916
Country: France
Time: evening
Place: city: Festubert, near B├ęthune
county: Nord
other location: Battalion HQ dugout in Cover Trench
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Edmund Blunden
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1 Nov 1896
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army Officer and Poet
Religion: Christian (Anglican)
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown unknown
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 29857  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edmund Blunden
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Undertones of War
  Place of Publication: Harmondsworth (Penguin Modern Classics edn.)
  Date of Publication: 1982 (1928, 1937)
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 30
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (Harmondsworth (Penguin Modern Classics edn.), 1982 (1928, 1937)), p. 30,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

Internal evidence shows this experience occurred after dark.



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