A rare and vivid account of life on the Battlefields of the Great War, With the British Army on the Somme details the experiences of war journalist William Beach Thomas. One of only five men chosen in 1915 to document the war from the Western Front, Thomas was in the terrifying and unique position of supplying the people of England with a glimpse of the Somme. Whilst working for the Daily Mail, sections of Thomas' reporting featured in the newspaper in 1916. However, those excerpts appearing here have for the most part been rewritten to fill in the gaps left by the war censors during the war. First published in 1917 by Methuen & Co., under the title With the British on the Somme, Thomas' account provides a stark and unwavering account on what was one of humanities bloodiest battles. Moving and intriguing in equal parts, this book is sure to resonate with generations yet to come.
William Beach Thomas was born 22 May 1868. Thomas excelled in education, attending Oxford University before moving in to teaching himself in 1891. After finding his natural talent for journalism, Thomas began contributing to The Globe, work that would lead to a full time post at The Outlook magazine and then at the Daily Mail in 1907. After war broke out he was sent to France to report on the situation there. Following the armistice, Thomas' services as a war correspondent earned him a knighthood. He continued to write on both country life and foreign affairs, and even published two autobiographies before his death in 1957.