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The Edusites Guide to ‘R. C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End’.

Richard Gent | Saturday January 13, 2024

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“Here is my journey’s end, here is my butt,

And very sea- mark of my utmost sail.”


Synopsis and Overview: some of the big ideas in the play.

On the evening of Monday March 18th, 1918, we meet the officers of a company of infantry (C company) as they take over a section of the line at St. Quentin in northern France for their regular six-day duty in the reserve line, that is immediately behind the front line, to which they would deploy in battle. We are given three critical pieces of information in the opening conversation between Osborne, the 2i/c and Hardy, the Officer commanding the departing company.

Firstly, the Germans’ ‘big attack’ is imminent and most likely to come while C company are in the line; second that a new officer will be coming up the line (of supporting trench systems) to join them that night and that, thirdly, the company commander, Captain Stanhope, although a very heavy drinker, is ‘a long way the best company commander we’ve got’.

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