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In the Company of Heroes - William Blanning

Self Published, 2006, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers with heavy scuffing to the upper wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “This is the story of the young men, and in some cases not so young men, of Radstock and the surrounding villages who fought and died in the Great War on the Western Front, on the high seas, and in warmer climes. It is a privilege to be asked by William Blanning to write the forward to his excellent work, which will preserve for the future the memory of their sacrifice.

Four hundred and sixty soldiers, sailors and airmen from the Radstock area lost their lives, the first being killed in action on 1st September 1914 at Saintines and the last at Presau on 2nd November 1918, just nine days before the Armistice. Both served in their county regiment, The Somerset Light Infantry, as did many of those who died. It will come, however, as a surprise to some readers that so many served in other regiments and corps, in some cases having been transferred from the county regiment. Amongst the regiments whose names appear frequently are the Coldstream Guards, Grenadier Guards, Gloucestershire Regiment and Royal Artillery.

The book describes well the major events of the war as a background to the personal family tragedies which are recorded. It is a testament to the time and care the author has taken in researching his subject. The results of all his hard work over several years will be an enormous benefit to those wishing to know more about the part played by the people of the Radstock area in the first of the great wars of the 20th Century. It is one of a number of such ‘local Somerset’ books recently published and adds to our collective knowledge. It will be invaluable to local historians and to students alike.”

Foreword or introduction by David Elliot. Size: 11¼" x 8". 396 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.