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KITCHENER’S LOST BOYS From the Playing Fields to the Killing Fields:The Lost Children of the Great War

From the Playing Fields to the Killing Fields:The Lost Children of the Great War  

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Another excellent offering from this publisher...This is one of those rare, once in a blue moon, books which really gives the reader pause for thought, and leads to the asking of some soul-searching questions as to why so many young boys went to war only to be lost and in many cases forgotten. War is a terrible thing, but is far more terrible when children take up arms and face the enemy. A fitting tribute to the lost. 10/10 --The Great War magazine.
In the early days of the First World War, Lord Kitchener made his famous appeal for volunteers to join the New Army. Men flocked to recruiting offices to enlist, and on some days tens of thousands of potential soldiers responded to his call. Men had to be at least eighteen years old to join up, and nineteen to serve overseas, but in the flurry of activity many younger boys came to enlist: some were only thirteen or fourteen. Many were turned away, but a lot were illegally conscripted, and as many as 250,000 underage boys found themselves fighting for King and Country in the First World War. Over half would never return home. In this groundbreaking new book, John Oakes - whose own father-in-law walked out of the Welsh valleys to join the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen - delves into the complex history of Britain's youngest Great War recruits. Focusing on the recruitment crisis of 1914, he reveals why boys joined up, what their experiences were and how they survived to endure a lifetime of memories. For those who didn't, an unknown grave awaited, and in some cases their mothers never knew what had become of their children.


Product Code: 20974
Author: John Oaks
ISBN: 9780752449302
Format: HB 192 pp Plates Published Price £20
Shipping Time: This item is usually dispatched Next Day
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