Excerpt from A Yeoman’s Letters
Brigade, and others, will be received when they return? Come back from the War What War?
And yet in spite of this apathy, War Books keep appearing, and here is a simple Yeoman thrusting yet another on the British Public. Still ’twere worse than folly to apologise, for guz’ s’ excuse, s’ accuse.
The present unpretentious volume is composed of letters written to a friend from South Africa, during the past twelve months, with a few necessary omissions and additions; the illustrations which have been introduced, are reproductions in pen and ink of pencil sketches done on the veldt or in hospital. The sole aim throughout has been to represent a true picture of the every-day life of a trooper in the Imperial Yeomanry. In many cases the grousing of the ranker may strike the reader as objectionable, and had this record been penned in a comfortable study, arm-chair philosophy might have caused many a passage to be omitted. But the true campaigning atmosphere would have been sacrificed.
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