Private Albert Turley was just an ordinary British soldier of World War I who died on the Somme like thousands of others. 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.
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(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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This is a poignant tale of the author's search for clues to the final days of his great-uncle, Private Albert Turley, who died at the Battle of the Somme. Albert left no photographs, no diaries. He won no medals and has no known grave. For all those reasons and more he epitomises hundreds of thousands of soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War and whose identities are known today only from names carved into war memorials. David Whithorn has set out to honour the memory of 'Uncle Albert' and others like him - to pass on what he can about a generation massacred by the actions of incompetent generals for a cause they knew little about. Whithorn admits that he grew up knowing little of the 'Great War' other than its dates, 1914-18. For the people involved he spared scarcely a thought. Then a TV programme about the Battle of the Somme awoke some deep emotion and changed his life. Since that night in the 1970s he has devoted countless hours to a research of the war and to a search for 'Uncle Albert'. In this, his first book, he declares, 'I have found a purpose for my own life - to ensure that the First World War, the men who took part in it and what they achieved, are never forgotten.' He goes through the Somme campaign day by day, and combines its bloody story with the tale of his own research in England and France. In part the book is a moving testament to the privations suffered by ordinary soldiers such as Albert Turley. But it is also a manual on how to trace information about family members starting with only the sketchiest information. Whithorn stresses that the job is not difficult and he encourages everyone to have a go, if only to ensure that untold thousands of Uncle Alberts did not die in vain. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - David P. Whithorn
David P. Whithorn is an amateur historian and genealogist with a special interest in the First World War. He lives in Hampshire. This is his first book.