Dreamed c.1904 by Anonymous #10 as reported by J.B. Priestley
In 1963, writer J.B. Priestley put out a request on a BBC show for examples of strange experiences with time, whether waking or dreaming. Over a thousand responses came: predictive dreams and visions of varying clarity, accuracy and credibility. The following year he published many examples (though withholding most dreamers' names for privacy reasons) in his book Man and Time. This is one of the thousand.
A man tells me how, as a boy of seven or eight, he had "a vivid dream" of himself as a young soldier on active service. The scene was a narrow strip of land almost surrounded by water; from a high hill the enemy were firing "black spheres about the size of footballs that glistened in the brilliant sunshine"; and one of these fell near him without exploding, and then two officers appeared, asking him to point out the exact place "as they wanted to take measurements, for a reason I did not understand."
Ten or 11 years afterward, at the age of 19, he was sent in 1915 to Gallipoli, where he found not only the scene of his dreams but also the exact events--the unexploded shell, the two artillery officers who wanted to determine the range of the Turkish gun on Achi Baba--that he remembered from his early boyhood.
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