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Old Soldiers Never Die,
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This review is from: OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE. (Paperback)
Frank Richards was recalled to the colours in 1914 and spent the entire war as a private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a "rifle and bayonet man" as he refers the the fighting soldiers and as a signaller. He fought in all the major battles on the Western Front and survived, a 1 in 20,000 chance. His description of the fighting including enduring severe artillery bombardments and the loss of his friends is excellent with no over exaggeration. He was decorated with the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the newly instituted Military Medal which he believes was done so to avoid the pension that the award of the DCM brought. His only complaint emerges at the end when he applied for a war pension but was denied anything since he had never reported sick! I've read this book twice since it arrived (my memory isn't what it was) and was an enjoyable and impressive read each time. Well recommended for anyone with an interest in the PBI and an elite infantry regiment.