VCs of the First World War: 1914 by Gerald Gliddon

By Gerald Gliddon

Through the establishing 4 months of the 1st international warfare no fewer than forty six infantrymen from the British and Commonwealth armies have been presented Britain's optimum award for gallantry, the Victoria move. In a chain of mini-biographies, Gerald Gliddon examines the boys and the dramatic occasions that resulted in the award of this so much coveted of medals. those males have been 'ordinary' squaddies from generally differing social backgrounds, who all acted above and past the decision of responsibility. each one tale is advised chronologically and gives a clean viewpoint at the establishing levels of the 'war to finish wars'.

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But when he was here his pleasures had been simple enough: his family and his garden, old artifacts, watercolor pictures from the last century that he enjoyed cleaning and reframing. He had delighted in a bargain and searched through antique and curio shops, happy to listen to tales of quaint, ordinary people, and always ready to hear or pass on a joke—the longer and shaggier, the more he relished it. Joseph’s recollections continued as the service began, and he stared at all the long, familiar faces, sad and confused now in their hasty black.

Don’t be so pedantic! So obscenely reasonable! ” He did not argue. She needed to rage at someone, and he let her go on until they were through the gates and had drawn up at the front door. She took several long, shuddering breaths, then blew her nose and said she was ready to go inside. She seemed on the edge of saying something more, something gentler, looking steadily at him through brimming eyes. Then she changed her mind and stepped out of the door as Albert held it for her and gave her his hand to steady her.

We’d better go home anyway. We ought to be with Judith. She’s alone. I don’t even know if she’s told Hannah. Someone will have to send her a telegram. She’ll come, of course. ” “Yes, of course,” Joseph conceded. ” He did not want to think of them now; they were intimate, final things, an acknowledgment that death was real and that the past could never be brought back. It was the locking of a door. They drove back from Great Shelford through the quiet lanes. The village of Selborne St. Giles looked just the same as it always had in the soft gold of the evening.

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