In a Guardsman’s Boots

A Boy Soldier’s Adventures from the Streets of 1920s Dublin to Buckingham Palace, WWII and the Egyptian Revolution

Caroline Rochford, Paddy Rochford

* The story of the barefoot boy from Dublin who almost thwarted the Egyptian Revolution of 1952

* First-hand memories, beginning with an impoverished Irish childhood shaped by the social and political turmoil of the 1910s

* The training of boy soldiers for the British Armed Forces in Ireland, and their evacuation to England following the formatio
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
100 integrated illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473863910
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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When he was just eight years old, Paddy Rochford enrolled at Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Military School, where he was taught how to be a soldier with the British Army, like his father. Soon afterwards, in 1922, he and his fellow pupils were evacuated from Ireland, a land torn apart by civil war.

Across the sea in England, Paddy joined the Third Battalion of the Coldstream Guards as a drummer boy, with postings to Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Bank of England and the Tower of London, where he guarded the Royal Family and Britain’s treasures.

In the 1930s, as thousands of Jewish families fled Nazi Germany, Paddy was sent to Jerusalem, charged with keeping the peace between the local Arabs and the Jewish immigrants.

During the Second World War, he was part of the Western Desert Campaign in Egypt, defending British territories. After countless wartime adventures, the young sergeant went on to train the Egyptian Army, where a bond of friendship grew between him and the future president, Colonel Nasser. Learning Nasser’s plans to oust the British from Egypt, Paddy tried in vain to warn his superiors prior to the bloody revolution of 1952, which signalled the end of British supremacy in the Middle East.

Paddy retired from the army soon afterwards, moving his young family to Yorkshire, where he began writing these, his enthralling memoirs about a young boy who spent a lifetime growing into his boots.

About The Author

Caroline Rochford is a Yorkshire-born author, having written Great Victorian Inventions (2014), Great Victorian Discoveries (2015) and In a Guardsman’s Boots (2016). She and her historian husband, Michael J. Rochford, are directors of the genealogy company Heir Line Ltd (, researching family trees for clients from all over the world and writing about the incredible discoveries they unearth. Caroline has always had an interest in naval history, being descended from a long line of merchant sea captains. As a child she was regaled with stories of her ancestors’ many adventures on the ocean waves; and after discovering a collection of maritime poems in an antique shop, she was inspired to write a book about long forgotten songs and stories of the sea.

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