Arthur Douglas Crease Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks
Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease of Victoria to his brother Lindley Crease and his mother Sarah Crease; instructions for the offensive of July 26, 1917; a regimental notebook, diaries and scrapbook. Learn more.
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carry out the role of a conquering army but it is rather hard where the people are so subservient & anxious to obey all orders. However the Army publishes all sort of proclamations & the town criers cry them through the streets. We arrest everyone out after 7 pm & everyone without a pass. We disarm everybody & make everyone salute our officers. We requisition whatever is necessary but we absolutely forbid & punish all looting. Later on when we reach the Rhine & the industrial centres we expect more trouble & there I shall probably act as a stipendiary magistrate to try civilians for war crimes & shall also sit on a permanent military court for trying more serious cases of the same kind. And I have not even a German dictionary!
However nothing matters & everything always comes out all right.
One thing strikes me most forcibly & that is how nearly every Canadian seems to know something about any other Canadian who may be mentioned. They always their Christian names & what he did & what jobs he has held. It seems to be a matter of the keenest interest & the men who get on best are those who have the greatest store of this knowledge. In other words it is necessary to be a "Who's Who in Canada." I shall never be
BC Archives, MS-0055 Box 15 File 4 / CREASE FAMILY / Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease to his brother, Lindley Crease, 1918.