ESMOND The Last Idol 1895-1917


This biography draws on many letters, diaries, family papers and photographs; not least those of Esmond’s mother, Mary. The details they provide help “Esmond: the lost idol” to develop from what is a fairly straightforward story into a book that provides insight into the thoughts and emotions of the soldier and his family and close friends, as he goes to war; survives several actions and the conditions of trench warfare; leads a raid across the Ypres canal just before the Third Battle of Ypres begins; and ultimately loses his life in a German counterattack. A good, absorbing read.

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