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October 10 , 2009

Memories from the Front Line

An Ordinary Soldier's Journal of the Great War


When World War One broke out in 1914, the British government called for volunteers to fight for King and Country. Over a million men rushed to join this volunteer army, hoping for a great adventure.

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Henry Chew was one of those young men. Follow his travels from Scotland to Egypt, Egypt to the Somme, through the mud and the hellish battles in France and Belgium that nearly cost him his life. Written in his own words, this is a powerful account of one man and his journey through the events that shaped the twentieth century.

It is the voice of the ordinary soldier, both gripping and moving, but always with a touch of genuine humour.
Henry Theophilus Chew (Harry Chew) was from Nelson in Lancashire, and at the outbreak of warin 1914 he went to Edinburgh to join the Royal Scots. Although no one knows why he chose that particular Regiment, family legend has it (instead of does say) that he was too young to join up, and did what so many did at that time: lied about his age.

Neil Michael Jopson is Harry Chew’s great grandson. As a small boy he loved to sit reading the memoir that Harry Chew had written, and swore that one day he would see it published. A school teacher originally from Burnley in Lancashire, he has worked in Australia and London. He is also trying his hand at his own writing.

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