The Sixth Annual Reunion and Smoking Concert of the London County Committee. 146 THE YPRES TIMES V.C. and the battalion as a whole won many other distinctions. In January, 1918, after thirteen months in the Salient, the Division moved back to the Somrne, and, under the scheme of reorganization, by which brigades were cut down to three battalions, the 16th Sherwood Foresters absorbed the 17th Battalion. Then followed a period of calm till the great German attack in Marchthe battalion was in the thick of it, and its retreat is described day by day. At the end the battalion was so greatly reduced that it was never reconstituted, but served in detachments till the Armistice. Colonel Truscott very properly confines himself to the doings of his battalion, and only deals with wider formations and general tactics for purposes of explana tion. In his own sphere he shows himself a master of his material, and his accounts of battles, raids and quiet days in and out of the line could scarcely be improved. Out of the line, the battalion seems to have been chiefly active at football, aptly called recreational training." Its record was 24 wins out of 36 matches played. The book is admirably produced and freely illustrated with portraits, groups and scenes from the battlefields. The most striking of these latter are two photo graphs of the Ancre in flood, as seen from Thiepval. The maps are scarcely so successful. There is a series of appendices of great valuethey comprise a nominal roll of all officers, a list of awards and mentions, a record of football matches, various letters, orders and quotations from despatches, and a roll of honour. There is also a list of reinforcements, which shows that 95 officers and 1516 other ranks joined the battalion in the field from April, 1916. to April, 1918. X unqualified success and the best concert we have had are the feelings one has when looking back on the Sixth Annual Reunion of the London County Committee, held at the Caxton Hall, Westminster, on October 18th, 1928. So numerous were the applications for tickets that the time-honoured practice of seating the audience at tables had perforce to be abandoned at the last minute. The hall was full to capacity shortly after opening, and almost all the seats were booked beforehand. For the first time in our history the President of the League, Field-Marshal Lord Plumer of Messines, took the chair, and the Committee were specially pleased to welcome Lady Plumer. The Chairman was supported by His Excellency the Belgian Ambassador, Field-Marshal Sir Claud B. Jacob, General M. Desprès, Military Attaché French Embassy, Lieut.-General Sir William Pulteney, Chairman of the Executive Com mittee of the League, Alderman Sir Charles C. Wakefield, Bart., and Colonel H. Nerinix, Military Attaché Belgian Embassy. For the excellence of the programme the Committee have to thank one of our members, Mr. P. Hubbart, who arranged it and secured the attendance of artistes of exceptional quality. Few who heard it will forget Madame Gioconda Papacini's wonderful perform ance, which held her audience spellbound and received the ovation it deserved. Prior to the interval the Chairman of the London County Committee, Major E. Montague Jones, referred to the activities of the League during the past year the pilgrimages to the Salient and the Somme and the free pilgrimage to the Menin Gate in June, etc. He paid a tribute to the organizing ability of C'apt. G. E. de Trafford, secretary, to whose untiring exertions is due the'large number of Finally, there is a very full index. W. H. B. S.


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