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MY BIT: A Lancashire Fusilier at War 1914-18

MY BIT: A Lancashire Fusilier at War 1914-18 [Kindle Edition]

George Ashurst , Richard Holmes
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George Ashurst served with the Lancashire Fusiliers, taking part in First Ypres, Gallipoli and the Somme, and enduring months of trench warfare on the Western Front, making numerous grim and dangerous patrols into no man's land. His memoirs vividly reveal the reality of life in the trenches and the feelings of those who had to suffer it. Ashurst was often frightened and uncertain, occasionally infuriated by the 'shirking' amongst the officers, was usually ready for a cigarette or drink, but when his battalion attacked he would not shrink from his duty. My Bit is a fascinating and moving first-hand account of the First World War written by a working-class soldier.

About the Author

Richard Holmes is the author of numerous books including The Firing Line, Soldiers and Riding The Retreat, published in the UK. He is the author and presenter of the BBC War Walks series and their accompanying books. His latest television series for the BBC and the History Channel is The Western Front, also accompanied by a bestselling book. Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies Cranfield University and the Royal College of Military Science, Schrivenham and Britain's senior serving reserve officer. Resident - Hampshire

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood (18 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WV3CM4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lancashire Fusiliers 26 May 2010
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I bought this book because my grandfather was in the Lancashire Fusiliers and I wanted to know more about them. It's a well written book which gives an insight into what life must have been like for the young men who fought in the regiment. I thought given the subject it might be depressing or dull but it wasn't. The author manages to bring both humour and adventure into his diaries as well as conveying the sad events in a poignant way. I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in a couple of days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the 'Tommy's mouth' 10 Jun 2014
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Never cease to be amazed at the achievements of previous generations.
The older you get it becomes easier to understand their motivations, their sense of duty, their
respect for the hierarchy of things.
George's life covered the entire spectrum (almost) and his Military life surely the most valuable in terms of history, to us, who will sadly never see that type of military service today.
He lived on a knife edge, yet did not fall.
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By C. Hill
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Like many George Ashurst was a lad from a working-class background who fought with the Lancashire Fusiliers in WW1. This is an excellent compilation of memoirs that gives a first hand account of life in the trenches from the aspect of the ordinary soldier. George was obviously intelligent and not frightened of putting his own viewpoint to a senior officer - this intelligence saw him promoted through the NCO ranks, eventually being offered a commission towards the end of the war.
If you have an interest in WW1 or just looking for an insight into that period of history 'My Bit' is well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My bit 6 Oct 2013
By betjam
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A good read for anyone interested in the WW1 and maybe had a relative serving like this man, excellent. Good
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enlisted Man's View of WWI 27 Nov 2010
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Ashurst was a front line soldier in both the first and second Lancashire Fusilier Battalions in World War 1. He wrote this book back in the 1920's but it was not published until the 1980's. He discusses his participation as a front line rifleman at both the First and Second battles at Ypres. In the latter he was gassed in the first ever chemical attack in the history of warfare. He was then sent to Gallipoli where he came in at the tail end of the fighting. There are some particularly harrowing passages relating to his service on the Dardanelles; including a reserved, but poignant passage on his introduction to the gruesome side of war, as he and a friend were tasked to collect the remains of a fellow soldier who'd been hit by a shell, and to place the pieces in sandbags.

He was a participant in the battle of the Somme from the first day. His stirring depiction of that day and the brutal attempt to hold the sunken road are disturbing in there brutality. For those not familiar with the first day on the Somme (July 1, 1916) I strongly recommend Martin Middlebrooks book: "The First Day On the Somme". Over 19,000 British soldiers were killed on that one day and another 40,000 wounded. So the recollections of a survivor of that day are very rare. Especially an account as well written as this one. He would then be wounded on a working party in no mans land and sent back to England; then followed another brief stint in the lines until he was sent to Officer Candidate school, this effectively ended his combat in World War 1.

George Ashurst came from a poor family and accounts from these men are rare, especially one that articulates both the horror of combat and inevitable malaise which befalls all fighting men in these circumstances.

Five stars and highly recommended! I'm glad it has finally been reissued as the original edition is scarce and expensive.
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