Excerpt from THE SOMME A CONTEST OF ENDURANCE, Review Essay by Jack Spence: So much for context. Two of the authors under review — Frank Fox and Taylor Downing — provide specialised treatment of two subjects: the work of General Headquarters (GHQ) based at Montreuil-sur-Mer and the impact of shell shock on those who suffered and those in authority who had to deal with it. Frank Fox, whose G.H.Q. (Montreuil-sur-Mer) was ﬁrst published in 1920, was severely wounded on the Somme, but […]
The Times, Tuesday, Jul 04, 1922; pg. 16; Issue 43074; col C Our War Graves In France. “The King’s Pilgrimage.”, A Fitting Record.
Sir Frank Fox is a largely forgotten figure whose life reads like a character from a John Buchan novel. A “strikingly handsome” Australian émigré to England, who became a doyen of Fleet Street, as a war correspondent he witnessed German atrocities against Belgian civilians in 1914 which so appalled him that he signed up – lying about his age – at 41. Grievously injured at the Somme, he worked for a time at MI7, focused on bringing the USA into […]
Excerpt from Chapter II of The Agony of Belgium by Sir Frank Fox page 19 with the speech from King Albert I to the Belgium parliament on August 4th, 1914. On July 31st, 1914, the mobilization of the Belgian Army was ordered, and the Belgian King at the same time called publicly Europe’s attention to the fact that Germany, Great Britain and France were solemnly bound to respect and to defend the neutrality of his country. On August 2nd, Great […]