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A must read for everyone.,
This review is from: The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players (Paperback)
I knew I was going to enjoy this book as Rugby and military history are two of my enduring passions, what I was not ready for was the depth of information the author teased out and the interlinking of the various stories. A fascinating cross section of men and differnt wars they fought. I was particularly moved to read of the war poet Nowell Oxlands friend Captain DL Martin whose request to silence a flanking German machine gun before they went over the top was ignored, 160 soldiers (inc. Captain Martin) were buried in the trench they had just left. I had taken a picture of his gravestone on my phone 7 years previously on a visit to the battlefields.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2013 20:15:33 BDT
Author's note: Capt Martin lies in the Devonshires Trench alongside 160 men including Oxland's Durham schoolfriend and rugby team-mate, poet WN (Noel) Hodgson, who wrote Before Action, published 2 days before he died on 1st July 1916. He was not himself a friend of Oxland, but they had Hodgson in common.
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