The Mountains Of Moab.

By Victor Godrich

A Cavalryman's diary fighting the Turks from Cairo to Damascus including 4 weeks at Gallipoli during the First World War.

These unpublished memoirs of a young soldier who joined the Territorial Army in 1905, aged 18, were written once or twice weekly while a volunteer with the Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars throughout W.W.I.. Shipped with his horse to Egypt after the outbreak of war he was soon posted to the Suvla Bay landing in Gallipoli on account of his training as a machine gunner. He succumbs to typhoid fever and falls asleep on duty, for which the penalty can be execution.

He is sent back to England to recover and then rejoins his regiment in time for the cavalry charge on the Turkish guns at Huj and takes part in the three battles for Gaza. After the liberation of Jerusalem from Ottoman rule he winters in the Moabite mountains of Judaea, among scorpions in the freezing cold and enemy bullets. Finally, in March 1919 at Amman, where many of his colleagues perish of disease, he is demobilised and travelled back through Italy and across France by train and reached home in April 1919.

This is a truthful story seen through the eyes of a pleasant low ranked mounted horseman with a good grammar school education. Written in a friendly unbiased way even when at death's door it is an accurate account taking one with him through the trenches, deserts and mountains in the closely knit life of a County cavalry regiment.

 

50% of proceeds will go to the Worcestershire Yeomanry Museum Trust Fund.