Private Peaceful – Episode 12
Episode 12 of 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo, read by Paul Chequer.
Tommo regains consciousness on the battlefield where he has been buried alive by a shell explosion. Once Charlie and the others have rescued him the company shelters in an old dug-out in the middle of no-man's-land. Sgt Hanley orders the men to resume their attack, but Charlie resists on the grounds that to leave the dug-out means almost certain death. Hanley makes it clear that disobeying the order will be a court martial offence but Charlie again refuses to move, saying that he must remain in order to look after the wounded Tommo.
'I am buried, buried alive!'
Tommo comes to on the battlefield to discover he has been buried by a shell explosion
'Are you disobeying my order, Peaceful?'
Charlie and Hanley confront eachother over the Captain's order to resume the attack
'Go! Go! Go!'
The company resume the attack, leaving Tommo and Charlie alone in the deserted dug-out
'I want you to promise you'll look after things for me'
Charlie makes an important request of Tommo