By Jeremy Higgins, Sir Richard Dannatt, Michael Portillo
With a foreword by means of Michael Portillo, this e-book deals not just a loving account of the monstrous commitment and bravado of the millions who ran the struggle railways, but in addition over a hundred and twenty attention-grabbing images from the well known collections of the Imperial conflict Museums and the nationwide Railways Museum.
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Leslie Burlton, who died serving with the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, had been a cleaner at the Hayes creosoting works. Amongst these unusual railway occupations there was also a cabinet maker, a French polisher, a screwer and a bottle washer, but the most unusual railwaymen were Basil Barker and William Turner. Both worked at Liverpool Street in the GER owned hotel as billiard markers. Walter had joined the Royal Field Artillery and was killed in January 1917 some five months before Basil who subsequently joined the 10th Londons.
The 17 November, for example, involved the Germans shelling the trenchline then making an assault on the position. This was repelled with a bayonet charge which killed many of the enemy but the Wiltshires lost 11 killed, 5 railwaymen, and 15 wounded. Charles Harman Pte 1st Wiltshires Menin Gate Gt Western Swindon Henry Penny Pte 1st Wiltshires Menin Gate Gt Western Sheffield (Midland) Drayman Nelson Provis Pte 1st Wiltshires Menin Gate Gt Western Swindon Labourer Lionel Coole Pte 1st Wiltshires Menin Gate Gt Western Swindon Apprentice (aged 18) 1st Wiltshires La Laiterie Gt Western Paddington Pantry Boy H E Slater C Harman Helper V Shop On 9 November, the 1st Northamptons were moved to Polygon Wood and whilst advancing through the wood many were killed by heavy rifle and machine gun fire including the commanding officer and most of the officers.
There were 34 horse lads, such as Leonard Edwards from GWR at Oxford who died on 17 April 1917 aged twenty-two serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Twenty-eight blacksmiths, including Corporal Archibald Rudge from the Midland Railway at Bromsgrove who died serving with the 2/8th Worcesters in April 1918. Twenty-three timekeepers including Charles Cox from GWR at Bristol who died aged twenty-one whilst serving with the 8th Royal Berkshires. Fourteen chain horse lads, like A E Webb from Midland Railway’s Northampton station, who died serving with the 4th Northamptons at Gaza.