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The Great War: The People's Story - Alan Lloyd: The Lost Generation [Kindle Edition]

Isobel Charman , Susan Pegg
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Book Description

‘There’s never a minute of the day now that guns aren't firing. I write from my dug out in the O.P. Aeroplanes overhead, guns booming, rifles cracking, bullets swinging away, it’s the same thing day after day.’

As a boy, Alan Lloyd could never have imagined the harsh realities of the war he would one day fight in. In this retelling of his story, using extracts from diaries and correspondence, including Alan’s letters to his wife from the front line, Isobel Charman has woven together the tale of a journey from privileged young man to officer fighting for his life and country in World War One.

Descended from the Lloyds banking family, Alan grew up wanting for nothing. He studied at Cambridge, where his life revolved around rowing, cricket and planning his future. After university, he fell in love with Dorothy and set about forging a career in farming, but then, just as the couple were ready to settle down, war broke out.

Against the wishes of his devout Quaker family, Alan joined the army. In July 1915 he left for France, where his life became one of guns, trenches, death and survival in the Great War.

This is the full account of Alan Lloyd’s life, whose experiences were featured in ITV’s The Great War: The People's Story. The stories from the television series, form a set of personal, moving and at times humorous accounts of courage, love and loyalty in one of the worst wars in modern history.

The other books are: Kate Parry Frye – The Long Life of an Edwardian Actress and Suffragette by Elizabeth Crawford, Reg Evans DCM – A Hero’s War in His Own Words by Pamela Armitage Campbell, and The Great War – The People's Story by Isobel Charman, which accompanies the series and includes the entire story of the war, featuring all of the characters.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7772 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: ITV Ventures (8 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Individual chronicle as companion to the series 9 Sept. 2014
By A Ryder
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An account of a rich young man (the family were related to Lloyd's Bank) who went against his Quaker relatives' principles and fought in WWI, this is the full story from one featured in the ITV docu-drama to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of war in 1914. It's an interesting companion to Reg Evans's story and a bit less accessible to a modern reader. Both men have understandably Edwardian sensibilities, which is charming, but Lloyd also has an affected way of writing endearments to his wife Dorothy, calling her 'Little Wife' and himself 'Hubbins', that is very of its time!

There is a lot of talk of the 'myths' of WWI at the moment, including that of a Lost Generation, but that doesn't discount the very real grief at the death of a lively young son, brother, husband and father while repairing communications on the Western Front in 1916. As a chronicle of life sacrificed to a futile war, this is a poignant read.
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The First World War through the eyes of those who fought and those who were left behind. Very informative and illustrated with family photographs. Guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life cut short 8 Dec. 2014
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A touching & poignant account of a life cut short. From what is revealed of his character it was a life with enormous potential & ambition.
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