The Thunder of Guns

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An Artillery Officer on the Western Front 1914-1919 Lt Colonel W A R Murray CMG DSO Croix de Guerre Edited by Alan Whitworth

 

Runner up of ‘The Hunter Davies Prize’ for The Lakeland Book of the Year 2018

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Runner up of ‘The Hunter Davies Prize’ for The Lakeland Book of the Year 2018

An Artillery Officer on the Western Front 1914-1919 Lt Colonel War Murray CMG DSO Croix de Guerre Edited by Alan Whitworth

William Atholl Murray was appointed as Adjutant to the 1/1 Warwickshire Batter of Royal Horse Artillery in 1911. In October 1914 he went with the Battery to France.

He remained on the Western Front for the duration of the conflict and ended his was in Cologne as part of the British Army on the Rhine.

Whilst in France and Flanders he wrote regularly to his sister and father back home in Cumberland.

His descriptions of Artillery bombardments, gas attacks, aerial dogfights, and the detail of every day life and camaraderie of his fellow officers and gunners presents an insighful picture of service in the artillery battery.

William Murray had  distinguished war record. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Mentioned in Dispatches twice and awarded the CMG DSO and Croix de Guerre.

His sister, Claudine Murray, who lived variously in Armathwaite, Longtown, and Brampton kept all his letters and they are published here for the first time.

 

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