The Caduceus. volume (Camp Greene, Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-1919, January 11, 1919, Image 4
BEST SOUVENIRS LEFT BEHIND “I’m sorry I had to leave the others in France” said Pvt. William Round- tree, overseas patient in Ward D-1, formerly of Co. F, 119 th Infantry, who arrived -last week at the U. S. Army Basd Hospital, Camp Greene; in speak ing of his momentos from the war zone. “My really good souvenirs I lost when I was wounded as they were all behind the lines and I only was able to save what few I had on my person.” A fair idea as to just what the “few” referred to represent may be gained from the above photograph which shows many curious and interesting keep-sakes from the battle lines. Of the coins the first and last are German 10 pfenning pieces taken from an enemy corporal, the second the cap button of a German private, found in No Man’s land and the third a Belgian coin, a remebrance from a wounded comrade. The German twenty mark note, above and the gold watch in it’s gas proof case, lying next to it, were both taken from a German officer captured by Roundtree just be fore he was wounded in an advance near St. Quientin. On the right' is the cap of a German sergeant, easily distinguished from that of a private by the cap device compared with that shown on the left. The first and sec ond rings were taken from a dead German officer, Roundtree first ampu tating their fingers with his bayonet ter, remove them. The second ring bears a replica of the famous Iron Cross with the words Welt Krieg (world war) upon it. The third was taken from a prisoner who had made it in his spare time from a piece of nickle shell and a pen knife, it has the word “Ypres” inscribed on it’s surface. The fourth, also taken from a prisoner, bears an odd design pre sumable a luck charm of some descrip tion. The last is a momento present ed to Roundtree by a Belgian sergeant, it has the colors of Belgium on one side, those of France on the other and the center strip is an inserted piece of German brass shell with the word “Kemmel” scratched upon it. This was given him after his first battle at Kemmel Hill in Belgium. The belt below was a present from a German officer, taken prisoner and given to Roundtree by the officer for a little kindness shown him, and on it are mounted relics of both allied troops and those of the enemy. The first three are respectively the hat device of a New Zealand infantry regi ment, a South African collar insignia and the hat emblem of a regiment from Devonshire, England. All three of these were taken from the body of a German private who had presumably taken them from prisoners he had cap tured. The large brass belt buckle was taken from a German prisoner, this is especially odd as few bright ob jects such as this were ever worn by Fritz, or .Terry as the boys from over there term him. The next four are presents from friends, the first a cap device of the Royal Scots, the second a shoulder bar of the King’s infantry, the third the hat ensignia of the Egyp tian Engineers, curiously gained in England, and the other a cap emblem of the Royal Warwicksihires. The next is the collar insignia of a Ger man officer, killed in an attack on an American position near Beilincourt. A cap device of the Hampshire guards with the large bronze hat insignia of the Australian rifles. Then comes an emblem of the German engineers worn on their dress, uniforms with the col lar marking of the German heavy artil- iery next to it, both of these were taken from prisoners. The hat device of the British regiment of Buffs fol lows, this was presented to Round- tree in an American hospital near London. The A. V. C., is the Ger man aviation corps taken from the body of a German airman whose ma chine wrecked by the allied fire, plung ed down behind the lines'. The next object is believed to be the belt clasp of a German officer found in an aban doned Hun .trench. The next two are presents from friends, the former the collar ornament of the scotch rifles and the latter the hat device of a New Zealand regiment. The last of all is one that Roundtree treasures mightily as he took it with his own hands from a high German officer whom he be lieved to be a Colonel which he cap tured in one of his first engagements. Roundtree whose home is in Bosley, N. C., joined the 119th Infantry at —Photo By Toohey. HOSPITAL PATIENT Camp Sevier on Oct. 21st, 1917, after a period of training, he was sent to Hoboken, N. J., and embarked for England on Ma^ 6th. The regiment landed at Liverpool on the 27th of the month and entrained immediately for Calais. He says, “They loaded us aboard a ship which took us across the Channel in good time and landed us in Prance the next morning. Prom our landing point we went to Land- thurn where we spent a period of five weeks in training.” The first engage ment in which they participated was at Kemmel Hill in Belgium remain ing at the front for ten days. After a short stay in a rest camp they re turned to this sector and assisted in the capture of the hill from the Ger mans. After a trip by motor lorries they were brought up near St. Quen tin on Sept. 27. While there they assisted in taking Beilincourt from the Huns before they were relieved. The regiments’s next trip to the front came on Oct. 17th, to use Roundtree’s words:— “We had been in the front trenches but a short time when the order to advance was given, we jumped out over the parapet with a shout follow ing our barrage as closely as safety would permit. The boys of the 120th were on my left and I could see them dashing bravely ahead against a des ultory machine gun fire from the Jerries. On our part we met with but little resistance for the first-few yards, then I received one of the greatest disappointments of my life, a machine gun bullet in the left leg, which left me out of the fighting. The next I remember was some of the Medics with four prisoners who car ried me in on a littler to the first aid station.” He was carried rapidly to the rear and sent to England for convalescence remaining a patient at Base Hospital • No. 37 near London until Dec. 9th, when he was transferred to Liverpool and sailed on the Baltic for America on Dec. lit h .The ship arrived at New York on Dec. 21st, and the pat ients were turned over to St. Mary’s hospital at Hoboken for eight days when they entrained for various hos- tion.