Diary of an Old Contemptible

From Mons to Baghdad 1914-1919 Private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment

Date Published :
April 2005
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Peter Downham
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates,
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844151356
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This is a most unusual chronicle of the events of one man during the Great War. A professional soldier at the outbreak, Edward Roe was one of the first to cross over to France in 1914 and as such fought in the early battles of the war and took part in the Retreat from Mons. He was there for the crossing of the Marne and Aisne, the dreadful fighting at Ploegsteert and for the extraordinary events during the first Christmas.

Remarkably he witnessed the debacle at Gallipoli and was part of the rear-guard of the Army during the re-embarkation and evacuation of the Peninsula. Thereafter the scene shifts to Mesopotania and the Tigris Corps in the attempt to relieve General Townshend at Kut. Wounded he returned for the final campaign that captured Baghdad.

About The Author

Peter Downham is an author and historian.

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