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Last of the Boy Soldiers [Kindle Edition]

John Oliver , Sir Henry Cooper OBE KSG
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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In 1959, any young man aged between 18 and 21 could expect a brown envelope through the post marked with the letters OHMS, and Joe Tramp was no exception.
Realising that a last minute reprieve was too much to hope for, „Gunner Tramp‟ begins his 2-year national service with the Royal Artillery. Vague hopes of travel and adventure are soon shattered as he gets off to a bad start and the reality of army life is quick to sink in.
Last of the Boy Soldiers is the first in a three part series - The Two Year Call. Hilarious and hard hitting, yet touching, the story tells of how six very different young men adjust to the harsh regime of life in the British Army, the constant bullying, monotonous routine and a daily diet of baked beans. And having survived twenty-one years without a close friend, Joe finds himself saddled with five, making the prospect of actually finishing his national service not only bearable but also enjoyable. The poignant relationships that develop between the six men bonds them for life.
A must for all those who „did their duty‟ and for those today that should.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: DreamStar Books (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064BC7Z0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that 3 Jun. 2013
By davea
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I missed national service as most people alive today did, however I did join up as a real boy soldier at 15yrs old way back in 1964 and the slmilarities are remarkable I can see old colleagues who fit the characters in the book. Seems a funny book now but it wasn't a funny experience at the time I went on to stay in the Army for a total of 16 years and looking back it was as they say best time of my life
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2.0 out of 5 stars I think this is fiction based on some fact. 23 May 2013
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I was a National Serviceman and never came across the bullying shown in this book,or the incompetent officers and NCOs.Nevertheless quite funny at times.I think this is fiction rather than fact.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing 16 Mar. 2013
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I didn't do national service being born 4 yrs before it was finished but I did serve in the army in the 70`s and bull sounded no different to that I experienced.
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2.0 out of 5 stars My review of Last of the Boy Soldiers 16 Mar. 2013
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Not bad,part novel,part factual I felt,and not exactly boy soldier stuff. Yes I was at Beachley as a boy soldier in the 1960s,worse 3 years I ever experienced ,knocked anything "loyal" out of me,I positively hated the army after that.
Yes all the characters there that made it all into life akin to being in a mental institution
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5.0 out of 5 stars A National Service Tale 13 Mar. 2013
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A well written story of six men drafted into the Royal Artillery for their National Service. The novel reinforces the fact it is the NCO`s who run the Army, and the officers think they do. The six are from all walks of life, from all around the UK. The book lists the disasters they have in basic training, but there is a happy end. Good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read. 1 Feb. 2013
By FH
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A good story but from a exservicemans point of view suffers from a bad dose of bull---- but still a good reads
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill 11 Dec. 2012
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Lovely story very well written enjoyed reading about his life in the army highly recommended
good to be able to download on my kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars National Service 29 Sept. 2012
By Jimmy
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I selected this book as the title gave me the impression that it would be about Boy Soldiers such as Junior leaders or Apprentices. In fact the book dealt with the National Servicemen who were conscripted into the Army. Even so it was an excellent read and bought out the Army humour, discipline and harsh treatment experienced by these young men.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars pure nonsense.
This book is pure fiction. Gravesend 6men in a billet. Nco,s punching squaddies never ever happened. Or swearing at the men.i was in Krrrc 2nd 60th light infantry. 1956 to 1958. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Having been a service man myself I found this book absolutely cheap and nothing like basic training.
This was a waste of time
Published 4 months ago by Mo 2512
4.0 out of 5 stars Real life and a history lesson to those in the future who read it
Another real life experience as only we who have served can really recognise
Published 4 months ago by Peter Wiltshire
1.0 out of 5 stars As an ex boy soldier this book is not authentic ...
As an ex boy soldier this book is not authentic but something written by someone with lot of imagination and wrong ideas. Should have done some research!!!
Published 6 months ago by George Coutts
4.0 out of 5 stars As an ex national service man related to book
Did my initial training at catterick did not know what hit u . January 1958 coldest place on earth vimy lines royal signals could have been very much same as book sadistic... Read more
Published 14 months ago by gooner
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of misinformation.
I served in Boys Battery at Cambridge barracks, Woolwich at the same time as the author and his recollections bear no relation to the truth. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars Been There. Bares no resemblance
Biggest load of bull... and cr.. from a fantisiser that it has been my misfortune to read.
Gives the impression that this a a factual account of National Service but in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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