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I’ve finally got back to reading and scanning the essays (80 down, 13 or so to go!) and I was well rewarded today – what a cracker! Called ‘An Ancre Trout’ (written in 1928) it’s the cheery tale of a sunny Sunday on the Somme in June 1916.
Grandfather is roused from a snooze by his captain, Norman, as a fellow soldier – ‘Cossack’ – has sought him out for his fishing expertise. Cossack proposed a fishing trip as “… it seems a pity to miss a good chance of trying for a decent trout” – much to the interest of grandfather’s fellow subalterns (or ‘the Children’ as he calls them!). So off they jolly well trot, with a makeshift rod and line, for an afternoon’s sport.

Extract from An Ancre Trout, 1928 written by Charles Clark Frank (alias T'Moor Poult)

Extract from An Ancre Trout, 1928 written by Charles Clark Frank (alias T'Moor Poult)

After heroic struggles by both hunter and quarry, they landed a whopper.

Extract from An Ancre Trout, 1928 written by Charles Clark Frank (alias T'Moor Poult)

Extract from An Ancre Trout, 1928 written by Charles Clark Frank (alias T'Moor Poult)

How I wish I’d known my grandfather. How about that – going fishing while you’re under enemy fire. The hunter hunted.

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