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Objector; or, Coming
Through Under Fire
Sergeant Arthur Guy
Author of "Over the Top,"
"First CaU." Etc
Mr. Empey's Experi-'
Months in theFirst
Line Trenches of the
British Army in France
(Oop7Tlbt, 1917, by Tb MeClni Newipapar
"What do I think of. a blinkin con
scientious objector?" answered Ikey
Honney from the corner of the firebay.
"Well, -what with this bloomin war on
and blokes goin west by the thou
sands, a pacifist or conscientious objec
tor is one of two things, he's either a
blinkin' coward or a bloody pro-German,
But it's funny the way some o'
them blighters, with their West End
ideas back in Blighty, changes their
minds when they gets out here in the
mud, and gets their first glimpse of a
wooden cross. It's either a flrin
squad ' up against a wall, a bloomin
V. C (Victoria Cross) or a rest in
peace' vsign over their nappers for
them. A strange thin? it is, but true ;
those blokes never go through the
trenches in an ordinary way like we
do; it's a case of extremes, no in-between
"Next time you're on a burial party,
take a look' at the third cross from the
left in the. fourth row as you enter
the cemetery. You know that path
that leads through the orchard just off
the entrance of that big R. E. (Royal
Engineers) dugout; well, under that
cross rests a bloke who back in Blighty
professed to be a pacifist. He wouldn't
blinkin well volunteer, not likely ; they
had to draft him, an' when they did be
refused to fight, so they stuck him in
the N. C. G. (noncombatant corps) and
handed him a pick and shovel and put
him to repairin' roads and diggin'
graves. Well, it didn't take long be
fore he was properly fed up with his
job, and he threw down the-pick and
shovel and grabbed up a rifle an' bayo
net. Oh, yes, he clicked it all right
and went west; In fact he was buried
in one o' the graves he helped to dig.
I suppose some o' those college officers
called it the 'iron of fate, or some oth
er blinkin' high-sounding phrase, but
we knows that it was only common
ordinary luck, 'cause we all knows that
If -you're going to get it, you'll get it,
no matter if you're a gentleman's eon
or a bloomin' chimney sweep.
."This bligfiter I'm telling abest was
Jn my platoon when I was in C com
pany, an' he used to give me the prop
er pip with his arguments against
fighting and theikes o' that. ,
The first time I met him was in at.
Armand ; our 'bat' was in the rest bil
lets awaitin' a new draft before going
up the line again. You see we bad
clicked It pretty rough at Fromelles,
an' a platoon looked like a blinkin'
squad when it lined up for parade. I
was playing 'house' In that estaminet
right across from that bashed-in
church on the corner when his labor
battalion came through and took over
billets just opposite from the esta
minet. I was sitting near a window
and watched them pass. A . sorrier
bunch of specimens of men I never
saw; it turned my blinkin' stomach to
look at them, what with their pasty
faces, stooped-over shoulders and
straggling gait. Bight then and there I
admired the Germans for their sys
tem of universal military training. If
England had of had a little more of it
there never would have been a war
and right now we would be in Blighty
with our wives and nippers, instead of
sitting here in these bloody ditches
waitln for a' shell to come over with
our name and number on it
"After the labor battalion took over
billets several of them came into the
estaminet and sat at a table near me.
They started to discuss the war and
voice their opinions affbut the top
hats' at home. This bloke I'm a talkin'
about was the loudest of the bunch;
he seemed to have a grouch on every
thing in general. I listened to him a
few minutes chucking his weight about
until it bloody, well got on my nerves.
Chucking up my game of house and
I had paid half a franc for my board,
too I leaned over to him and said:
" "You must be one of those bloomin
conscientious objectors we reads about
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"You Must Be One of Them Bloomin
. Conscientious Objectors.''.
In the - papers,, ohe o' those blighters
who don't believe In fightin' but. is
willing to sit back in Blighty and let
us blokes out here do your bloody
fightin' for you, while you gets a blink
in' good screw (salary) sitting on a
high stool in some office.'
"He turned to me and answered: unarmed he had sprang at the German
wouicutt oe any warr r ,
1 couldn't see it his way at all, and
went right back at him with : Yes, and
if It wasn't for us volunteering, the
bloody German flag would now be fly
ing over Buckingham palace and King
George would be in the Tower of Lon
don. - ;":r..
"He thought a minute or two and
answered : t 'Well, what of it ; one flag's
as good as another, and as for the
bloomin king what did he ever do for
you but make you . pay taxes so he
could bloomin well sit around doing
'.This, was too much for me, that
blinkin' jellyfish a slinging mud at our
king, so I lost my temper, and taking
my glass of vin rouge in my hand
I leaned over close to him and said:
When you mentions the king's name
ic is customary to drink his health.
Perhaps he never did anything spe
cial for me, but I have never done
anything special for him, and even
at that Tve done a damned sight more
than you have for him, so take this
wine and drink 'his health, or ril
dent that napper of yours so you won't
be able to wear that tl hat of yours,
"He got kind of pale and answered
Drink to the king's health; not llke-
,ly. It's through 'him and his bloody
Top Hats In parliament that . I'm out
here. Why in the. blinking hell don't
he do his own fighting and let us poor
"I saw red and was just goin' to hit
him, when a big Irishman out of the
Royal Irish Rifles next to me grabs
the glass of wine from my hand, and
looking the blighter in the face yells
"Well, if the king ain't done noth
ing for you English, he's done less
tor us Irish, but I volunteered to come
out here for him, and here I am, and
glad of it too, and hopes some day
to get into Berlin with the king's
forces. You won't drink his health;
well you can bathe his health.' With
that he threw the wine Into the blight
ers face and smashed him in the nose
wi'th Ids fist. The fellow went over
like a log with the Irishman still
agoin' for him. If we hadn't of
pulled 'him off I think he would have
killed that conscientious objector. The
military police came in to see what
all the row was about. I had clicked
three days C. B. (confined to barracks)
and didnt want to get arrested, so in
the confusion I made, tracks for my
-J.D3 next time I met the biose was
rhen we buried old Smith but of the
Tenth platoon in the cemetery at La
tassee. - He was one of the grave dig.
rers. All -during the burial' service
:e stood, looking, at -the Union Jack
rtth a queer look on' his -face. When'
Id Smith was lowered into the ground
aid the dirt was thrown on' him the
xmscientious objector W&tkins was
lis name came over to me and said:
" 1 hear he (pointing at old Smith's
irave) is forty-eight years old and has
eft a wife and three nippers back in
Jllghty. He was too old for the draft,
rasn't he? Then he must have vol-inteered.
"I answered: 'Of course he volun-
eered, and there he lies, deader than
; but.m wager a quid his. wife.
ind kids will be proud of him and
hat's more than your kids will be
"He sneaked off without answering.
fhree days later I nearly dropped dead
rhen our lance corporal came Into our
rillet with a bloody nose and a beau
ifully trimmed lamp. When I asked
lim how he got knocked about he
:old me that a fellow out of the non
tombatant corps named Watkins had
nussed him up just because he had
ialled him a white-livered coward.
"Watkifls ducked twenty-one days
lumber one on the wheel, and when
Us sentence was finished they trans
ferred him to a fighting unit, and
)ang! into our platoon he comes.
"Many a talk I had with him about
Jiat pacifist stuff he hadn't changed
i bit In his ideas but he kept bis
jcouth shut about the king and the
Top Hats at home.
"Then we went Into the trenches
ind I knew his finish was near. A
Jrlng -squad or "rest in peace' was to
e his lot; they all get one or the
ther sooner or later.
"After two days in, Fritz got rough
md opened up with a pretty stiff bom
jardment. "Watkins was In the fourth -squad
in a dugout in the support trench
R-hen a 'Minnie registered a direct hit
m the roof and caved her in. Every
ne but Watkins was killed. How he
jscaped was a marvel, the rest of the
squad being smashed up something aw
ful. We collected the pieces and bur-
ed them the next day. Watkins help-
?d dig the graves.
"Fort two days Watkins scarcely
spoke a word, just went round with
i faraway look on his face.
. "On the third night after the burial.
rolunteers were called for a bombing
raid, and . I could scarcely believe my
sars when I heard that Watkins had
volunteered. It was the truth all
right he went along. .
"We crawled out in No Man's land
ander cover of our "barrage and wait
sd. Watkins was - next to me. Sud-3enly-
a star shell went up and we
Touched down In Its light. I was lay
ing so that I " could see Watkins
Mime me he had no rifle or bayonet.
' whispered over to him : 'Where's
four rifle?' He answered : 1 threw
it away.' Before I had time to reply.
the signal to rush the German trench
iras given and I lost sight of him.
"It was rough going in the German
trench, and we had quite a little of
aand-tb-hand fighting. Star shells were
going up all around us. One of our
blokes in front of me was just go
ing around the corner of a traverse
(rhen a big German got- him through
the throat with his bayonet and he
went down. - Something sprang past
me like a wildcat and closed with the,
Fritz. They both , went down to
gether. Just then another German
rame at me from the entrance of a
lugout and I was busy. I managed to
pet him. Then our lieutenant and two
men came round and gave the order
to get back ' to our trenches. ..The
lieutenant stumbled over the three
bodies in front of us. One of them
rroaned. It was Watkins all right.
It's the likes o' you who volunteered
for this war what keeps it goin. If
you had all refused to co at first, thera
md with his bare hands had choked
lim to death, but he had a nasty jag
red bayonet wound in his rlsht side.
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"You see Watkins Wasn't either; he
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