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Author Fall, Kevin R.

Title A very unimportant officer : life and death on the Somme and at Passchendaele / Captain Alexander Stewart ; edited by Cameron Stewart ; historical consultant, Jonathan Boff.

Published London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.4272092 STEW    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-306) and index.
Contents Foreword / Cameron Stewart -- Introduction. The British Army in 1916 -- War: The experiences of a very unimportant officer in France and Flanders during 1916-1917 by Captain Alexander Stewart -- The Road to the Somme -- Back to the Somme -- A Bloody Spring -- In Flanders Fields -- The Historical Relevance of Captain Stewart's Diary -- App. Some Notes on Leave, Family and Social Life.
Summary "Rediscovered after 80 years gathering dust on a family bookshelf and first brought to public attention on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, A Very Unimportant Officer is a detailed and intimate account of the experience of an ordinary officer on the front line in France and Flanders throughout 1916 and 1917." "Recruited to The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in 1915 at the age of 33, Captain Stewart went 'over the top' many times, outliving 'so many better men', as he says with typical humility." "Through his vivid testimony we learn of the mud ('more like thick slime'), the flies and the difficulties of suffering dysentery while on horseback. In one memorable passage he describes engaging the enemy while smoking a pipe - an episode for which he was awarded the Military Cross." "Yet through the chaos and horror of the trenches, Captain Stewart reflects with compassion on the fears and immense courage of the men under his command."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Stewart, Cameron.
Boff, Jonathan.
Subject Great Britain. Army. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Battalion, 2nd -- History -- World War, 1914-1918.
Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916 -- Personal narratives, British.
ISBN 9780340977118 (hbk.)
0340977116 (hbk.)