The Case of General Gough

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Case of General Gough is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Times on 4 may 1918.

The Case of General Gough

The Times (4 may 1918)


Sir, — The answer of Mr. Macpherson to Mr. Faber shows that it may be some time before the inquiry upon the 5th Army reaches a decision. Meanwhile it seems to me that some contradiction should be given to Mr. Dillon's assertion in the House of Commons, when, in the course of a vindictive attack, he coupled General Gough's name with the second phase of the Battle of Cambrai. It is known to every student of the war that General Gough and his army were not near Cambrai on the occasion of that battle, and that he had nothing to do with the matter. Without presuming to allude to what is sub judice, it is bare historical fact that Sir Hubert Gough's name has been associated heretofore with an unbroken and brilliant career of victory, from the battles of Thiepval and Beaumont Hamel in 1916 to those of Pilkem, Langemarck, and Passchendaele in 1917.

Yours faithfully,

Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, May 2.