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Sir Frank Fox

Sir Frank Fox was a journalist, author and campaigner who espoused the cause of warning of the dangers of a major War in Europe as early as 1909. "l was blown up by a salvo of shells in front of Le Sars. I refused to die on the battlefield. The gallant stretcher-bearers got me in. l spent the next year in hospital". Sir Frank Fox was born in Australia in 1874. He was a journalist, author and campaigner who espoused the cause of warning of the dangers of a major War in Europe as early as 1909. His views, and those of the Morning Post, were in accord and he joined the staff as a war correspondent. In 1914 he was attached to the Belgian army during the German invasion. In view of his experiences in that conflict he longed to become a combatant and was commissioned into the British Army in December 1914. Posted to France, Fox was blown up during the Battle of the Somme and suffered severe injuries. During his convalescence in England he worked for MI7 but contrived to be posted to Haig’s GHQ in Montreuil-sur-Mer in the run up to the final offensive against Germany. He was appointed O.B.E. (Military) and was Mentioned in Despatches. Fox was a prolific author writing 5 books relating to World War One including ''GHQ Montreuil-sur-Mer'' during his service. In 1922 he accompanied George V and Lord Haig to the military cemeteries in Belgium and France and wrote an account in ''The King’s Pilgrimage'', shortly to be republished.

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Excerpt from The Agony of Belgium

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 […]

The Times includes GHQ in their “Six of the best First World War reads”

Allan Mallinson from The Times reviewed new books on the wider aspects of the Great War. We were delighted that G.H.Q. was selected as one of the 6 books. The scan of the article is below and the link to the website here (summary only available to non-subscribers of The Times): Six of the best First World War reads You can also download the PDF of the article here: Six of the best First World War reads The hardback limited edition […]

The Guards Magazine book reviews of The Agony of Belgium and GHQ

In June the Guards Magazine, Journal of the Household Division, reviewed two Frank Fox books: The Agony of Belgium The Invasion of Belgium; August-December 1914 and G.H.Q. (Montreuil-sur-Mer) . We have copied the text from the reviews below and here is the link to see them on their website World War I books review The Guards Magazine. THE AGONY OF BELGIUM THE INVASION OF BELGIUM; AUGUST-DECEMBER 1914 by Major Frank Fox Frank Fox was an Australian born in 1874. A […]

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G.H.Q. (Montreuil-sur-Mer)

Including "THE GAME BOOK" of unpublished statistics

This unique contemporary account of Haig's GHQ gives a vivid insight into life in Montreuil-sur-Mer from 1916 onwards, and of the complexity of the planning the ultimate defeat of the German Army. The addition of the never generally published statistical summary of casualties, ammunition and supplies adds to the appreciation of Haig's achievement.

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