Eye-witness: The original "Eye-witness" of the Great War in 1914-1915 was Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Dunlop Swinton, RE, DSO  He was suceeded by Earl Percy, who similarly supplied the British public with what information the authorities thought fit to allow them, until, in the later stages of the war, increased facilities were accorded to the Press representatives at the Front, when "Eye-witness's" letters ceased.
Mr. Winston Churchill, when First Lord of the Admiralty, in the autumn of 1914 proposed to appoint a selected journalist as naval "Eye-witness" with the Grand Fleet, but Lord Fisher objected, and the idea was dropped. The term "Eye-witness" for an official war-correspondent, first appeared three centuries ago, during the Great Civil War, in 1644, when the Lord Mayor and Corporation of the City of London employed a special writer to accompany and report on the doings of the London Trained Band regiments in Sir William Waller's Army, on the Commonwealth side, his letters being printed in the newspapers of the time usually with the heading "From an Eye-witness." 
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