|The Rushden Echo Friday 19 February 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Germans Shoot Civilians - After Binding them with Ropes - Rushden Soldier's Clear Evidence - German White Flag Treachery - "Steelbacks" in close Quarters with the Enemy
Pte Chas. Tew (Rushden), of the Northamptonshire Regiment, has paid a seven days' visit to his wife and family after having spent four or five months in hospital owing to an attack of enteric fever contracted at the Aisne.
He was called up as a reservist at the beginning of the war, and drafted out to the front with his regiment, participating in the retreat from Mons.
Pte Tew also witnessed the notorious German atrocity, viz., when the enemy approached the British trenches under cover of a white flag and opened fire on our men when they left the trenches to take them prisoners. To a "Rushden Echo" representative Pte Tew said:
".. ..It was on Sept. 17th that the Germans played a dirty trick on us. They left their trenches and approached us over the brow of the hill, carrying a white flag. Naturally we thought they wished to surrender, and we got out of our dug-outs with the idea of taking them prisoner. As soon as they saw our numerical inferiority the front line lay down and their rear ranks opened a murderous fire on us with rifles and machine guns, with the result that the Northamptonshires suffered very severely. Fortunately, our reserve line noticed what was happening, and opened fire in their turn, with the result that we captured about 200 of the enemy. Ever since that day two Rushden men in my regiment have been missing - Ptes. James and Ingram. I couldn't tell you what happened to them, as I never saw them after that...."