Later we left two guns behind and with four guns went on to Germany.  We skirted all the big towns for the Belgium King to enter himself. As we passed through the villages the villagers would come out and sing “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”  - how they knew that was one of the troops favourite songs I never knew.  Eventually we arrived on the outskirts of Cologne, we stayed and polished up all our harness and equipment for the ride over Hohenzollern Bridge.  It poured down with rain.  We moved up to the edge of the neutral zone to a lovely little village called Vermalchurhen (?).  Funnily enough the Germans didn’t resent us but became very friendly, even ex-soldiers.  In 1919 we moved back to Gladback Cologne.  We used the trams free and I can still hear the conductor saying in German”Tillembroke nach Mulheim umstay” – “Tillembroke for Mulheim change”. 

We had a lot more money now and the “army of occupation” was a holiday.  The Germans were very friendly even ex soldiers.  The only little trouble came from youngsters who had never been in the German army.

About October time I came home to be de-mobbed and eventually returned to civy life in November.

What a carry on – I had to buy a complete outfit for after 3 years in the Army I had outgrown everything.

Amen so be it


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