Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time - Richard van EmdenHeadline, 2005, Hardback.
Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “At the outbreak of the First World War, boys as young as thirteen were caught up in an overwhelming tide of patriotism and, in huge numbers, cheerfully joined up for active service. Between 1914 and 1918, the press, recruiting officers and the Government all contributed to the enlistment of thousands of under-age soldiers, in Britain and the Empire, despite an increasing pressure inside and outside Parliament to keep them at home. Many were to serve in the bloodiest battles of the war, such as ex-miner Dick Trafford, who took part in the Battle of Loos, and Frank Lindley, who, seeking to avenge his dead brother, went over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Both were just sixteen. Some boys were unable to stand the strain of trench life and, often through the intervention of their parents, were finally sent home, while others, such as fifteen-year-old Jack Pouchot, won medals for gallantry or became highly efficient officers, such as Acting Captain Philip Lister and Second Lieutenant Reginald Battersby, both of whom were commissioned at fifteen and, a year later, fought in France.”