GRANGECON MAN AND HIS WATCH
Below is an anecdote from World War 1 as reported in
"The Kildare Observer" Dated 10-July-1915
"I had one narrow squeak", said Private Rogers in the course of further conversation, "and it was due to our own foolishness". At St. Julien, when things were quiet for a bit, a fellow named Moore, of Ballyhook, Grangecon, and myself went into a farmhouse close to our lines. We wanted to "wet" a drop of tea. We could not make a fire in the house - which was wrecked - because the smoke would give us away, so we went down into the cellar and lit a bit of a fire to boil the water. We managed that all right, but nothing would do Moore but to BOIL SOME "SPUDS" we found in the place and that "did it". You know the way "spuds" boil over? Well, we had them in a tin and didn't he let the water boil over. Up went a gush of smoke from the fire when the water went on it and nearly being the end of us. There was a hole in the top of the cellar, the smoke went out through it in a rush and that gave us away. The Germans started shelling the d------ house and we could not get away, as it was too bright. They kept pounding away at us and it was awful. Next thing down comes part of the roof on us and nearly smothered us. Moore had a German's watch, which he had fixed upon his rifle swivel. I got a whack of something on the back of the head and I thought I was done for, but I wasn't hurt at all. It was getting darker at this time. "Come on", said I to Moore, "we'll make a shot to get away now". "Wait a minute", said he. "What's the matter"? I said. "My watch", he said, "I'm looking for it", and he was groping about the place. Well, he spent half an hour dead looking for the watch and he found it in the finish buried in the stuff that had fallen down and we got away. I was glad to be out of that fix".
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