By William Cull
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He died in Melbourne in 1939. About the editor Aaron Pegram is a historian at the Australian War Memorial and the Managing Editor of the Memorial’s magazine Wartime. A Charles Sturt University history graduate, he is currently writing a PhD thesis on the 3,861 Australian troops taken prisoner by the German Army on the Western Front. BOTH SIDES OF THE WIRE BOTH SIDES OF THE WIRE The memoir of an Australian officer captured during the Great War WILLIAM CULL EDITED BY AARON PEGRAM First published in 2011 Originally published in 1919 as At All Costs Copyright in this edition © Allen & Unwin 2011 Introduction, Epilogue and Notes copyright © Aaron Pegram 2011 All rights reserved.
About the author William Cull was an apprentice coach builder from Sanford, Victoria, who enlisted in the AIF in May 1915. He saw active service as an infantry officer on Gallipoli and the Western Front where he was severely wounded and taken prisoner during the 6th Brigade’s attack on Malt Trench near Warlencourt in February 1917. He spent eleven months in captivity in Germany before being transferred to Switzerland in January 1918. He died in Melbourne in 1939. About the editor Aaron Pegram is a historian at the Australian War Memorial and the Managing Editor of the Memorial’s magazine Wartime.
When nothing else was offered there was always the Turkish sniper and the wish to exchange compliments with him. One day, through over eagerness to get in touch with one of them, I laid myself open to crossfire from another quarter, and was given a lesson in prudence through the bridge of my rifle being shot away. As bad luck had prevented me from seeing and sharing the beginnings of Gallipoli, the chances of war passed me out before the end of it. On the evening of November 5th—Guy Fawkes Day—our fireworks came in sudden and disastrous form.