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can anyone recommend any books concerning autobiographys about ordinary soldiers (other ranks) following their story from 1914 - the end of the war. an original BEF soldier would be good

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Frank Richards' 'Old soldiers never die' is a good starting point. And Forum member Langleybaston has recently produced an annotated version.

Bernard

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can anyone recommend any books concerning autobiographys about ordinary soldiers (other ranks) following their story from 1914 - the end of the war. an original BEF soldier would be good

There are several. " Her Privates We ", " The Middle Parts of Fortune", " With a Machinegun to Cambrai" etc. etc. Go to Amazon ( available from the forum) and look under military history.

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There's a Devil in The Drum. I know I keep going on about this book but I think it is great. I have read it three times and think its great. It tells the story of a southern Irish bloke who joins up pre-war with his brother with the Royal Irish Rifles. He serves throughout WWI and rises through the ranks to become an officer. Very well written, gripping from the outset. I would say buy it. Its only cheap too.

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I enjoyed Mud and Khaki, although it only covers January - October 1915. It was written by H.S Clapham of the H.A.C. I found it a very readable and interesting account. I have an old copy, but I believe its been reprinted.

Regards,

Spud

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'A Privates View of World War 1', Bert Bishop 1st AIF a good read

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If you can find them, Norman Gladden's three books on his experiences with the Northumberland Fusiliers on the Western and Italian Fronts are worth reading:

The Somme 1916

Ypres 1917

Across the Piave.

Regards

Gareth

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Don't overlook 'Diary of an Old Contemptible' (Memoirs of Private Edward (Paddy) Roe) East Lancashires. Edited by Peter Downham, it is readily available from Pen & Sword.

Jack

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Could the above be moved to a seperate topic as, I believe, the information required is more likely to be forthcoming in its own right.

Roxy

PS I would have reported this, but it says not to.

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I think the best account by a true working class OR man is My Bit, George Ashulst, another Ghosts Have Warm Hands Will R Bird and Journal of Private Fraser, Donald Fraser, last 2 Canadian.

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'Skill and Devotion' by P E Butcher is an account of his time as a fitter with 2 Squadron, RFC. Maybe not what you're looking for, but it might interest you. Printed in 1971 by Radio Modeller Book Division, Middlesex, GB. No ISBN as far as I can see.

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