Argyll accounts for five Germans

Argyll accounts for five Germans

On 9 September 1914, the Paisley Daily Express reported that a Renfrewshire soldier had 'accounted for five Germans'.

A 6th Argyll & Sutherland Highlander (Territorial) officer, who is now in England with his battalion, has been visiting a hospital in which some of our wounded soldiers are being nursed.

Among these were three Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, one of whom belongs to Pollokshaws. This man, who had been wounded in the foot by shrapnel, was in cheerful humour and was looking forward to rejoining his regiment at the Front. His account of what fighting he saw corroborates all that has been said as to the German dislike to face the British bayonet and also to their bad rifle fire. A bayonet charge, he declares set them "running like hares" and he expressed the opinion that if the larger British numbers now in the field had been available in the earlier days of the fighting the Allies would have already been marching on Berlin.

As an instance of the enemy's poor markmanship he told how he was attacked whilst on sentry duty by five Germans. They were at close range, and they fired, resting the butt of the gun on the thigh, with the result that all of the shots went wide. "I took cover" he said, "and firing carefully, had the satisfaction of laying them all out". He confidently expressed the opinion that the worst of the German attack was over and that the march on Berlin would not be long delayed. Whilst he was looking forward to a short visit home, he was even more anxious to get back to his regiment and "see the rest of the fun" as he expressed it.

1/6 (Renfrew) Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 1918.