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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Churnet Valley Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904546501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904546504
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents First World War memories, based on the diary of a Stoke on Trent soldier.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Mash on 28 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a first rate book, compiled and published from the diaries of a First World War soldier, Thomas Higgins, by his grandson Alan Higgins.
My own grandfather fought in that war, but spoke little of his experiences. To find out more about the conflict, I have read a number of eye witness accounts and this has to rank as the best. The descriptions of trench conditions and of battle are vivid, followed by the harrowing account of the author's time as a POW. The miracle is that Higgins himself and his diary survived. He was in thick of the fighting. An ordinary soldier, there is no deep thinking about the cause for which he fought, but a little comment at the end, summed up in:
God and Soldiers men adore
In times of War, but not before
When War is over, and things are righted
God is forgotten and Soldiers are slighted.
Well done, Alan, for taking the risk and having this published!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Seymour on 5 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
This is indeed an exceptional read. I had the honour of reading it direct from the little black book in Thomas Higgins own handwriting. One of Alan Higgins son (also Alan) was a good friend of mine so I was allowed to borrow it many years ago (1984 ish).

This book touched my very soul; I have never forgotten the tale of Thomas Higgins and often think of it. I remember on several occasions having to be careful not to let a tear drop onto the old pages as I read.

I am delighted to see that it is in publication, events such as these must continue to be remembered for many generations to come.

Peter Seymour
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Gerrard on 20 April 2011
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A remarkable book by a remarkable man! Thomas takes his readers on a unique and terrible journey, which begins at his enlistment into the army in May 1915, to his demob in March, 1919. His book is a war diary tracking his and his regiment's progress through the Great War. He writes with empathy, clarity, and precision.
He never moralises or judges, but leaves his readers to make their own conclusions.
Thomas endured horrors beyond belief, monumental inhumanity, and privations unimaginable. He has left to us an historical work of great value. He surely is the epitome the indomitable spirit. His work deserves to be part of the National Archive of the Great War, and should be part of our history.
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This account of a Tommy's harrowing experience is amazing - thank you to Tommy Higgins for publishing it in the language in which it was written. I shall never know how he survived the atrocities of The Somme and Prisoner of War camps. A true hero. I was fortunate to receive a signed copy too.
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By Jude on 3 Jan 2013
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Arrived on time and is like new. The diary is a sad account of a pointless battle of Somme in WW1
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