SOLDIERS NEVER DIE
of the finest of all published memoirs of the Great War, truly a classic
of its kind. The author had enlisted in 1901 in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
(spelling changed from ‘Welch’ to ‘Welsh’ in 1881
and back to ‘Welch’ in 1920) and was a reservist when war
broke out. He rejoined his old, 2nd Battalion and landed in France with
them on 11 August 1914. He went right through the war with the battalion,
never missing a battle, winning the DCM and MM and ending up still a private.
Here is a typical soldier of the pre-1914 regular army, one of the ‘Old
Contemptibles’ and this book is a delight, written in his own unpolished
manner. Fighting, scrounging, gambling, drinking, dodging fatigues, stolidly
enduring bombardment and the hardships of trench warfare, always getting
his job done. A tribute to the army that died on the Western Front in
1994 reprint (first pub 1933). SB. 324pp.
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