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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: St David's Press (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902719379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902719375
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a book which moves as well as informs, combining impeccable scholarship with deep human sympathy. In recounting the active lives and terrible deaths of the 13 Welsh internationals who died in the First World War Gwyn Prescott not only offers a fitting tribute to their sacrifice but paints a vividly compelling picture of Wales, and the increasingly important role that rugby played in Welsh life, in the decades leading up to 1914.' Huw Richards, Associate Lecturer in Sports History, London College of Communication 'Gwyn's thoroughly-illustrated pages... [goes] fully into the background, detail and human dimension...splendidly' Touchlines - The Rugby Memorabilia Society 'From the boisterous singing and exhilarating cheers of Cardiff Arms Park to the deafening roar of artillery shells and gunfire, these humbling stories describe thirteen individual journeys which began on muddy yet familiar Welsh playing fields but ended in the unimaginable brutality of the battles of the First World War. These are men who experienced two very different kinds of glory.' Dan Allsobrook, www.gwladrugby.com

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A native of Cardiff who played alongside Gareth Edwards in the 1965 Welsh Secondary Schools team and later played for Cambridge University, Gwyn Prescott was awarded an MPhil, on the history of rugby, by the University of Glamorgan and is author of several books including 'This rugby spellbound people' - Rugby Football in Nineteenth-Century Cardiff & South Wales (Welsh Academic Press, 2011).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 1 Jun. 2014
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This wonderful book is written with love and passion for Welsh rugby, as well as unstinting dedication to detail and the visible legacy of ten years of research. It stands as a monument, not only to thirteen Welsh Internationals killed in the Great War, but also to the early decades of rugby in the Principality, including the first Golden Era of Wales rugby. The author writes with the intimate familiarity and affection for the game of one who is himself a distinguished player.

As Internationals the players featured are well documented in contemporary press reports, so the book is a rich account of their playing careers. But, despite many playing in the same matches, Prescott skilfully avoids repetition. There is abundant social history, with reminders that the Welsh game had a different class structure from the game in England and Scotland. The wartime careers and deaths have also been deftly researched and the stories are well told. The book is comprehensively illustrated: those photographs both assist the narrative and establish the volume's status as a true 'memorial book'. Highly recommended for any rugby fan of whatever hue the shirt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By serenstar on 12 May 2014
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The story of the 13 Welsh internationals who perished in that terrible conflict is told with sensitivity and meticulous scholarship; a great read for those interested in Welsh history.
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By Philip T Atkinson on 21 Jun. 2014
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Careful, caring, considered, detailed and deliberate. All you would expect from a decade of Gwyn Prescott research, and a worthy and timely tribute to those who died (and those who survived). Thoroughly worthwhile and beautifully realised.
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Good read. Interesting and well researched. I wonder whether the author might have included reference to the three Internationals who fell in WW2!
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