Bringing Uncle Albert Home

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Private Albert Turley was just an ordinary British soldier of the First World War. He died on the Somme for King and Country. He didn't win any medals for gallantry and has no known grave. Like thousands more soldiers whose names fill local war memorials the length of the country, he left neither letters nor diaries from which to reconstruct his story. This book describes one man's search for the story of his distant relative, describing Private Turley's active service with the 3rd Battalion, the Worcestershire ...
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Bringing Uncle Albert Home: A Soldier's Tale

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Overview

Private Albert Turley was just an ordinary British soldier of the First World War. He died on the Somme for King and Country. He didn't win any medals for gallantry and has no known grave. Like thousands more soldiers whose names fill local war memorials the length of the country, he left neither letters nor diaries from which to reconstruct his story. This book describes one man's search for the story of his distant relative, describing Private Turley's active service with the 3rd Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment that led to his death in one of the most infamous battles of the twentieth century. David Whithorn's painstaking reconstruction of Albert's story from surviving records and histories led to a pilgrimage following his footsteps to the Somme hillside where he fell in August 1916. What sets this book apart from the many others written about the soldiers and campaigns of the First World War is its dual function as both tightly focused history of the 3rd Worcestershire and a detective story that eventually reveals what happened to Private Albert Turley.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750942096
  • Publisher: History Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 4/29/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Part detective story, part memoir

    I can't speak high enough of this book. Whether you are a history buff or merely curious about such a brutal time in our history, you will not be disappointed! The massive amount of research Whithorn put into this factually based ode is his tribute to all those men, of every nation, who died in The Great War. You'll learn exactly what it felt like to be on the front lines, and what it felt like to lose a loved one in this war where chivalry existed among horrible brutality. I'd give it 6 stars if I could, just because of the sheer amount of the author's heart he put into this labor of love.

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