A Story of the Great War, Before Action, William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons

B2178

The author has established a formidable catalogue of books and contributions to radio and television, with a special interest in the Great War. In this new book, she draws on the writings and unpublished letters of Hodgson, who has been best remembered for his poetry. This has enabled a recreation of a volunteer battalion and its commitment to violent battle at Loos, where Hodgson won the Military Cross. This is a moving story and encapsulates life in the BEF on the Western Front.

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NAME: A Story of the Great War, Before Action, William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2178
AUTHOR: Charlotte Zeepvat
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 237
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, trench warfare, no-man’s-land, mining, static war, war of attrition, over the top.
ISBN: 1-78159-375-9
IMAGE: B2178.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The author has established a formidable catalogue of books and contributions to radio and television, with a special interest in the Great War. In this new book, she draws on the writings and unpublished letters of Hodgson, who has been best remembered for his poetry. This has enabled a recreation of a volunteer battalion and its commitment to violent battle at Loos, where Hodgson won the Military Cross. This is a moving story and encapsulates life in the BEF on the Western Front.

The author has been able to present a well rounded picture of life for the volunteers, family and friendships. The photo plate section provides a view of life before the conflict, and life and death during it. Some will find this a particularly emotional view of people and events that are now beyond living memory.

The Devonshires are a vivid example of the most bestial events of WWI. In a morning, half their strength was destroyed. The survivors would never be the same again. For a military unit that drew its volunteers from a relatively small area, the survivors were not just fellow soldiers with the casualties, but friends before the war began. Their loss had great impact at home and some of the best of a generation were slaughtered on the Western Front.

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