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Good Old Somersets

An Old Contemptible Battalion in 1914


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Good Old Somersets by Brian Gillard
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On 22 August 1914 1000 men of the Somerset Light Infantry sailed for France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. Within four days a quarter of them would be lost at the Battle of Le Cateau, and by the end of the year barely 200 of the first contingent were serving in France. This is a day-by-day chronicle of the Battalion from August to December 1914. It uses the Official War Diaries, together with extracts from personal diaries and correspondence, newspaper reports and other contemporary material. The book covers the fighting, movements, trench life and relaxation of a typical group of regular soldiers who came to be known as 'The Old Contemptibles'.

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Brian Gillard
Release date NZ
July 29th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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