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Cannon Fodder - A. Stuart Dolden


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Published in 1980, two years before his death, this is Arthur Stuart Dolden's memoir of service. His time was with the 14th Londons - the London Scottish (or, as the book consistently has it the "1st Battalion London Scotttish Regiment").

For most of his service, he was a battalion cook so, whilst there isnt a lot of "exciting front line action", this is a good account of daily life, just a little way behind the front line.

I bought mine for about £1.50 from AbeBooks which, I see, lists a number of available copies. It's well written and a generally good read.

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Tom Donovan describes it as "excellent" on his website and usually I agree with his descriptions but I found it hard going, for some reason, when I read it quite a long time ago.

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  • 11 months later...

'Kilts across the Jordan' by Bernard Blazer is a memoir from a member of 2nd Bn, London Scottish.

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I'm with Tom Donovan, a superb read. I'd thoroughly recommend it.

Easy to get a hold of and cheap too, so if you haven't a copy there's no excuses :thumbsup:


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