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The Reluctant Tommy An Extraordinary Memoir of the First World War by Ronald Skirth, Duncan Barrett
  

The Reluctant Tommy An Extraordinary Memoir of the First World War

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The Reluctant Tommy An Extraordinary Memoir of the First World War by Ronald Skirth, Duncan Barrett

'Ella darling, There are things I have concealed from you up till now that I think you ought to know; things that have turned me from a different person from the Ronald you know.' So, in April 1918, Ronald Skirth, a non-commissioned officer in the Royal Artillery, wrote to his sweetheart, back in England. A year before, Skirth, then just nineteen years old, had been sent to fight on the Western Front. This is his story, the story of a young man who went to war a devoted servant of King and country and returned utterly convinced that war, all war, was wrong and who acted upon his convictions, making a pact with God that he would not kill. This riveting memoir was written fifty years after the end of the war, drawing on his own contemporary diary entries and letters home. Never published before, it affords a vivid, moving and surprising insight into that most dreadful of conflicts.

About the Author

After the First World War, Ronald Skirth returned to England and married Ella. He became a teacher and, after he had retired, wrote his memoirs of the First World War. He died in 1977 and is survived by his daughter, Jean. Duncan Barrett is an editor and writer. He lives in London.

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Publication date

16th April 2010

Author

Ronald Skirth, Duncan Barrett

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
324 pages

Categories

First World War
Memoirs
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780230746732

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