Item description for DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF MILITARY OBITUARIES (Book of Airmen's Obituaries) by David Twiston Davies...
In the 17 years since The Daily Telegraph started to take its obituaries seriously by allotting them a special section in the paper, it has published around 1,000 obituaries of soldiers, as well as almost equal numbers of sailors and airmen. The 100 to be found here, which have never before been collected in book form, were chosen to show the widest range of military experience.
They include those who performed astonishing acts of bravery, such as the New Zealander Charles Upham, who won the Victoria Cross twice in North Africa, the commando leader "Mad Jack" Churchill and Drum Major Buss, the bugler who rallied the Glosters and the Imjin river in Korea. Among the senior figures are General Mazek, who commanded the Polish 2nd Corps in Normandy, the rigorous Field Marshal Lord Carver and General Sir Walter Walker, who won three DSOs and remained an unflinchingly outspoken critic of Britain's postwar society.
But not every soldier is called upon to concentrate on fighting. Kenneth Merrylees spent his career searching for water on behalf of the Army. James Drew was General Montgomery's postmaster. Among those who enjoyed the high noon of British India are Tony 'Raj' Fowler, who was engaged in operations against the Fakir of Ipi on the border of Afghanistan, and that great character Sir 'Honker' Henniker, Bt, who remembered being smartly saluted by elephants.
David Twiston Davies, is the Chief Obituary Writer of The Daily Telegraph.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904010342 ISBN13 9781904010340
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An engaging read. May 30, 2007
Having previously spent 27 years serving in the British Army, I was drawn to the entries in this book of, firstly, those who I had known - or even briefly met, during my time in uniform and, secondly, to those of whom I had heard. Finally, the remainder seemed to have earned, between them, every distinction and award it was possible to have earned during lifetimes which witnessed great upheaval throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
An example from my first selection of names is that of Field Marshall Carver - who I well remember meeting on a visit to Northern Ireland in 1974 when he was Chief of the Defence Staff. We were all very impressed by that man. From my second list, the redoubtable Lt Colonel Colin Mitchell of the Argyll's was a figure who engendered much respect and for whom there was a great outpouring of public displeasure when he failed to receive a much-deserved DSO after his very public tour of Aden in 1967 - for which he earned the nickname "Mad Mitch." Elsewhere, there are those who fought and served including recipients of both the Victoria and George Crosses.
This is a fascinating book expertly put together by David Twiston Davies who, for many years was Letters Editor of the Daily Telegraph prior to his being appointed to Obituaries. How refreshing to see him use the word "Military" in the title of this book - as it should be used, in connection with the army and not in connection with armed forces in general. For those who do not understand that distinction, this book contains 100 soldier's obituaries carefully selected to give the reader a cross-section of both ranks and experiences.
It is an engaging read and often hard to put down.