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22 November 1915

By November 22, 2015March 10th, 2016No Comments
  • Cecil Parker Ashdown enlists. Cecil is commemorated on the Centenary of WWI in Orange Honour Roll; he would be killed in action in France on 20 July 1916.
  • Lord Kitchener advises that Gallipoli should be evacuated. This constitutes a major logistical exercise, involving the removal of more than 93,000 troops, 5,000 animals and 200 guns, as well as vast quantities of stores and ammunition.
  • Serbia is defeated by the combined armies of Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria. Serbian troops are forced to retreat through Albania to the Adriatic coast. The Fall of Serbia by General von Cramon
  • The Leader publishes the poem Consent by Dorothy Frances McCrae:

To-morrow! Ah! To-morrow he must go
Far from his home and kinsfolk far away,
And we who love him dare not bid him stay.
Across the sea his comrades need him so,

Dear God, dear God, help me to let him go.
He could not stay behind, I know, I know.
When England calls for men! More men! each day.

I would be base were I to bid him stay;
But I am just a mother!-Lord, and oh!
It simply breaks my heart to let him go
Because I’m human, Lord, my tears must flow.

But joy and pride reign o’er my grief today.
With words of cheer I’ll speed him on his way,
For they across the sea, they need him so,
Oh, son! To save my honour, you must go!