Instrumental role of military bands in First World War

Instrumental role of military bans in First World War

Instrumental role of military bans in First World War

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

MILITARY bands played a crucial role in World War One, keeping up morale with their music and often doubling up as stretcher-bearers during battle.

This picture of the band of the first Bradford Pals (the 16th West Yorks) belonged to Charles Pickworth, who is pictured on the front row wearing the leopard skin. He played the drum, cornet, French horn and bugle.

Mr Pickworth, who died in 1958 at the age of 66, kept a diary of his service with the battalion, in which he was also a stretcher-bearer.

His entry for July 1, 1916, said: "The enemy shelled us with tear gas. The band lost two men and a few shell-shocked. At this stage the wounded had to be fetched in.

"Our front line filled up with dead and wounded. It was a terrible job. We worked day and night under heavy fire from their artillery and the snipers were very busy.

"The shelling continued but both sides were busy with wounded and dead."

On July 6, the band played the survivors of the battalion out of the trenches.

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7:17am Mon 4 Aug 14

Storck says...

Bans?

Does no one proof read the headlines?
Bans? Does no one proof read the headlines? Storck
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8:26am Mon 4 Aug 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Storck wrote:
Bans?

Does no one proof read the headlines?
that would imply a degree of professionalism.
[quote][p][bold]Storck[/bold] wrote: Bans? Does no one proof read the headlines?[/p][/quote]that would imply a degree of professionalism. fedupwiththeBS
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