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Kitchener's Last Volunteer: The Life of Henry Allingham, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Great War (Paperback)
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Kitchener's Last Volunteer: The Life of Henry Allingham, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Great War (Paperback)

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Henry Allingham is the last British serviceman alive to have volunteered for active duty in the First World War and is one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflict. In Kitchener's Last Volunteer, he vividly recaptures how life was lived in the Edwardian era and how it was altered irrevocably by the slaughter of millions of men in the Great War, and by the subsequent coming of the modern age. Henry is unique in that he saw action on land, sea and in the air with the British Naval Air Service. He was present at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 with the British Grand Fleet and went on to serve on the Western Front. He befriended several of the young pilots who would lose their lives, and he himself suffered the privations of the front line under fire. In recent years, Henry was given the opportunity to tell his remarkable story to a wider audience through a BBC documentary, and he has since become a hero to many, meeting royalty and having many honours bestowed upon him. This is the touching story of an ordinary man's extraordinary life - one who has outlived six monarchs and twenty-one prime ministers, and who represents a last link to a vital point in our nation's history.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781845964832
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Allingham, one of the last living links to a terrible time in our nation's history, fills you with admiration and awe" * Daily Mail *
"Allingham tells his story simply, fluently and modestly, with Goodwin's commentary providing a useful historical background" * Daily Telegraph *
"[Allingham's] 'recollections are more striking for being so understated and unburnished" * The Times *
"A fascinating insight into how life has changed over the last 100 years" * News of the World *
"We can learn a lot from Henry Allingham: honour, respect, tradition, duty, bravery" * Navy News *

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“Kitchener's Last Volunteer”

Once I started to read Henrys story I could not put it down, I just had to finish it which I did in time to see him at the Cenotaph on Tuesday 11th November.There are times in this book that nearly bring you to tears... More

Hardback edition
11th November 2008
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“Kitchener's Last Volunteer”

Henry is clearly a top bloke. His unassuming nature, and his ability to communicate across generations, come through strongly. However he deserves better than this. The book is loosely edited (there is confusion about... More

Paperback edition
1st February 2009
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