The author served in the 7th Battalion (TF) Gordon Highlanders, 153rd Brigade, 51st Highland Division, and the period covered in the book runs from their departure for France on 3rd May 1915 to the capture of Beaumont Hamel by the division on 13th November 1916. This is an unusual piece of work in that it is partly personal reminiscence and partly an account of his brigade and division in action. Thus we have extracts from his ‘trench journal’ on various dates describing his battalion’s experiences, but these are often set against a background of the brigade or division operations. It does not replace a divisional history as such but it certainly does give a very good picture of the Highland division at war and of a Highland battalion at war. Names of personalities mentioned are for real – not pseudonyms. This is a well-written account and a very satisfactory read but lacks maps and an index.
FIFTY-FIRST IN FRANCE
Reminiscences of an officer of the7th Gordon Highlanders, 153rd Brigade, 51st Highland Division from the day of arrival in France, 4th May 1915, to the capture of Beaumont Hamel, 13th November 1916.