Thunder of Guns


Letters from a member of the Royal Horse Artillery 1914-1919.

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The Thunder of Guns: An Artillery Officer on the Western Front 1914-1919

Edited and Introduced by Alan Michael Whitworth

William Atholl Murray was appointed as Adjutant to the 1/1 Warwichshire Battery of Royal Horse Artillery in 1911. In October 1914 he went with the Battery to France.

He remained on the Western Front for the duration of the conflict and ended his war in Cologne as part of the British Army on the Rhine.

While in France and Flanders he wrote regularly to his sister and his father back home in Cumberland.

His descriptions of artillery bombardments, gas attacks, aerial dogfights, and the detail of everyday life and the camaraderie of his fellow officers and gunners presents an insightful picture of service in in an artillery.

William Murray had a distinguished war record. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel. He was Mentioned in Dispatches twice and awarded the C.M.G, D.S.O. and Croix de Guerre.

228 pages with black and white photos. Published by Bookcase.

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