The Forgotten Soldier: He wasn't a soldier, he was just a boy

The Forgotten Soldier: He wasn't a soldier, he was just a boy

Charlie Connelly

Bestselling writer Charlie Connelly returns with a primary global warfare memoir of his nice uncle, Edward Connelly, who was once a normal boy despatched to struggle in a battle the likes of which the realm had by no means seen.

But this isn't simply his tale; it's the tale of all of the younger forgotten infantrymen who fought and bravely died for his or her country

The Forgotten Soldier tells the tale of non-public Edward Connelly, elderly 19, killed within the First global conflict every week earlier than the Armistice and instantly forgotten, even, it kind of feels, through his personal family.

Edward died on the exact same day, and as a part of a similar army offensive, as Wilfred Owen. They died just a couple of miles aside and but there can't be an even bigger distinction among their legacies. Edward have been born into poverty in west London at the eve of the 20 th century, had a role washing railway carriages, used to be conscripted into the military on the age of eighteen and despatched to the Western entrance from the place he might by no means return.

He lies buried miles from domestic in a small army cemetery at the outskirts of an vague city on the subject of the French border in western Belgium. No-one has ever visited him.

Like millions of different younger boys, Edward’s lifestyles and demise have been forgotten.

By delving into and uncovering letters, poems and conflict diaries to reconstruct his nice uncle’s short lifestyles and unnecessary demise; Charlie fills within the blanks of Edward’s lifestyles with the reports of comparable younger males giving a voice to the unvoiced. Edward Connelly’s tragic tale involves signify the entire younger males who went off to the nice conflict and not got here home.

This is a ebook in regards to the unsung heroes, the standard males who did their responsibility with utmost braveness, and who need to be remembered.

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