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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A E C86 C863.1
Crease, Arthur Douglas [illegible] of the war 1915 - 1919
Recatalogued as MS - 2879, Box 83, File 1
War Thoughts. E Raymond 1028 How many of us had moments in the last war when some such voice as this surged up in us: "God! it may be the ugliest thing that has ever been, but it is also the most beautiful. At last, at last we are living deep. If I'd never had a shell rush at me, I had never known the swift thrill of approaching death - which is a wonderful sensation not to be missed. If I'd never known the shock of seeing sudden death at my side, I'd have missed a terribly wonderful thing. They say music is the most evocative art in the world, but they hadn't counted the orchestra of a bombardment. If I'd not heard that, I'd never have known what it was to have my soul drawn out of me by the maddening excitement of an intensive bombardment...And - and [illegible]