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Harry and Frank reach England, only to be told, like so many of the battalions recruited in late 1915, that their battalion is being broken up. They will be transferred before being sent to France.
Click here to listen to previous episodes – Episode 3 and Episode 4

Narration by Caitlin Bailey
Harry White read by Daniel Watchorn
Creative Direction and Production by Ada Chan
Music Attribution
“14 Romances, Op. 34 – Complete Performance” composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, performed by Jean Dubé. Sourced from Musopen, and used under CC BY 3.0.
“Nocturnes, Op. 32 – No. 2. Nocturne in A♭ major” composed by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Olga Gurevich. Sourced from Musopen, and used under CC PD 1.0.
“Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15 – X. Almost Too Serious” composed by Robert Schumann, performed by Donald Betts. Sourced from Musopen, and used under CC PD 1.0.

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A photo of a destroyed dugout near or at Mount Sorrel in the Ypres Salient.

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