From the Rideaii to the Rhine and Back.55 The 6th Field Coy., and Bn. Canadian Engineers. 22 THE YPRES TIMES The machine-gunner guarding the rear pressed his thumbs and a stream of molten nickel sprinkled the, attackers until a lance pinned him to the ground. The line passed on, leaving stragglers struggling in the mud as they straggled from this life under writhing horses in the clinging clay. In among the guns they charged, snarling, cursing, hissing and plunging, blades penetrating dry and leaving wet. A gunner, in the act of pushing a shell home in the breach, paused to receive a swinging blow from a spade that split his head to the chin, and the sergeant, passing before a gun as it roared, was no more. The machine-gunners drew automatic pistols that streamed forth death. A sharp exclamation as a blade sank home, a moan from the man who made the thrust, a scream as the blade was withdrawn and a squeal from the horse as he fell across the gun. Dismount! Dismount, I tell you." Dismount for action!" Riderless horses galloping hither and thither, heaps of struggling humanity and squirming horses, sticks striking left and right, and revolvers clubbed, and then, the moans of dying men, of men who hoped to die and sobs of men who knew they would die. Are you all right, any of you?" Some of us, sir." All objectives secured?" Never mind the objectives, where's myhorse?" The tale has been told before, in canteen messes and by the fireside, hew the horse-holders saved the situation, and how the column passed over the only bridge in long and weary crowds, dragging their footsteps before the mightiest offensive in the world's history, back to the defensive line. A thousand of such incidents passed in those days of arriving and departing, when men arrived and men departed, in sorrow and in anguish, some to return and some to pass to eternity. Lest we forgetGreater love hath no man than this BY MAJOR K. WEATHERBE, M.C. This handsome volume is printed by the Hunter-Rose Company of Toronto, and published by the Trustees of the 6th Battalion Canteen Fund at 4 dollars. Former members of the two units, or their next-of-kin, may obtain a copy at half-price. The 6th Field Company formed part of the 2nd Canadian Division, and was formed with the rest of the Division towards the end of 1914, assembling for training at Ottawa. It had no especial local attachments, but a number of recruits from the Queen's University, Kingston, under an officer who was a Professor of Engineering in civil life, early joined the Company and had much influence upon it clearly there were many educated men in the ranks, and N.C.Os. and Sappers were leaving to take commissions all through the war. The Company was fortunate in serving throughout with its own Division, and in escaping those devastating casualties that so often destroyed the identity of infantry units. Its career in brief was much like that of other newly formed units, first a period of training in Canada, then in April, 1915, a voyage to England and more training, and finally in September the crossing to France. The Kemmel Sector was their first destination in the field, and they had their taste of the Salient and the Somme, and in particular had a long stay in the middle sector, the region of Lens, Vimy and


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