March 26, 1918… A remarkable account of an all-night battle involving the ‘Glorious Leicesters’ takes pride of place in the March 26, 1918, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser.The 54-line article will be avidly read for several reasons – not least, of course, that the Leicesters included many men rather the Market Harborough area, although none are mentioned by name.But it is not just the local connections that make this a contemporary must-read – it is because the source of the ‘thrilling’ narrative is none other than Hamilton Fyfe, ‘the well-known Daily Mail correspondent’ who later became editor of the Daily Herald.Fyfe is a minority celebrity for his tales from the front and his Boy’s Own style makes his tales perfect for a readership in dire need of ‘good news’ after nearly four years of ever-more depressing gloom.He begins his account at 7.30 in the evening ‘by the bright light of the moon’ around the village of Mory when a ‘fresh German assault was made on a divisional front’.But never fear dear reader, implies Fyfe with his gung-ho, upbeat style. “A battalion of Leicesters, setting their teeth, resolved to make a night of it. At 9.30 all the German attacks… Read full this story
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