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The Last of the Last: The Final Survivor of the First World War [Hardcover]

Claude Choules
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6 May 2010

Before his death at the age of 110 in May 2011, Claude Choules was the last man alive who had served in both world wars.

Claude learned life's lessons during a rural childhood in England and later in the Royal Navy as a boy sailor, before graduating to become an explosives expert in the Australian navy.

In his 80s, Claude began working on his memoirs with the help of his daughters, and The Last of the Last is a riveting account of his lifetime that vividly mirrors how the last century unfolded.

Claude had the insight of an ordinary man thrust to the forefront of international furore. He was opposed to the glorification of war, but his charming anecdotes honour a generation called upon to serve not once but twice. This engaging, wryly humorous autobiography reflects the amiable nature of a truly unique man.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845966317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845966317
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent window into the life of a boy seaman in the early twentieth century" (Navy News)

"Claude Choules holds a special place in the country's history" (Sunday Times)

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Written from memoirs penned more than two decades ago, together with further interviews and recollections from Claude

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip into the past 20 May 2011
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I decided to purchase this Book when the news of his death was announced, Claude Choules, had an amazing Naval life, his Autobiography albeit with a little help from his family & friends, is so interesting and very descriptive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hero's tale 4 July 2011
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i recently purchased this book as a result of this wonderful mans life being mentioned on the bbc news on his 110 birthday
in march 2011. the story is compelling and reminds one of the days when men were real men.this hero would put most of modern men to shame and when you consider he overstated his age to join the royal navy(when his real age was 14)it shows you how our society has changed so much.i would recommend this book to anyone who likes factual stories and i'm sure that once you start to read it you won't want to stop.unfortunately claude has since passed over but he has left us with a wonderful memory of his in peace dear friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely paperback 4 Jun 2014
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This a very interesting book, what a smashing read. Well written and very moving excellent purchase for the price, brilliant.
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