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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and presented history, 21 Aug. 2012
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Chris Baker "The Long, Long Trail man" (Leamington Spa, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Journey's End Battalion: The 9th East Surrey in the Great War (Hardcover)
Another well-researched and presented history of an infantry battalion of Lord Kitchener's New Armies, with a twist in that the 9th East Surrey was the unit with which R. C. Sherriff served. He authored the famous WW1 play "Journey's End", concerning the few days prior to the explosive opening of the German offensive on 21 March 1918.

MIchael Lucas take us through the raising of the battalion, the early months in training at home, the move to France, the horrifying first action at Loos in september 1915 and the remainder of the battalion's war. As we have come to expect with this genre, we are treated to a detailed narrative, laced with maps (in this instance all copies drawn from other works) and some good photographs.

It is of interest that this is not a "pals" battalion, although it drew mainly upon Surrey and surrounding districts for its original recruits. The battalion's commanding officer was sacked after Loos, with his superior noting that it had fallen behind the others within its brigade in terms of training and morale. Michael Lucas's fine history shows that the battalion, and indeed the whole 24th Division of which it was a part, recovered strongly after the appalling Loos action and went on to be a steady, reliable unit. The division is remembered today by being mentioned on the village war memorial at Le Verguier, not far from Maissemy where the 9th East Surreys came into action at "Journey's End". We can now add this book as a fitting addition to their memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey's End: How True., 15 Oct. 2014
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A fabulous read of the amazing life led by men in the First War. It really is compelling reading, especially the pieces about my Great Uncle, Eric Ericson MM., who died on 18/09/18 after having survived the Somme, Delville Woood and Loos. Buy it, read it and pay homage to all those brave guys who went through things we can only imagine. May they rest in peace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 Jan. 2015
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Excellent for those interested in history of 9th bt East Surreys during WW1
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