By Jimmy A Wilemon in the United States on 31 August 2022
One of the best WWI books I have read. Highly recommend it for a knowledge of a grunt in WWI
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An easy read of one man's war experience. However I feel the read could have been condensed by devoting the first two chapters to his pre military life and not the ten used in the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly good memoir!
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
By Sean Kirkey Reviewed in Canada on 25 October 2021
I enjoyed the book a very good account of the common soldiers experience of the workings of military life. not too much about front experiences
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only an amazing story, but much more
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great story that clipped along a good pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
By JB on 1 October, 2015
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By MB on 17 April, 2017
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Nobody of any importance? He's become one of the most important people in my research, as he's given me one of the most in depth looks at life in this time period that I have had the good fortune to come across. There is so much in this book it's hard to believe it was all lived by one man. Also, the wealth of information in the footnotes was a job well done in itself. It's a long read, but take the time. It's worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
By Aptroed in the United States on 3 February, 2015
A very good book about life in the trenches in WW1. A first hand account from gallipoli to armistice day. An excellent job of writing with pertinent footnotes. Ond mans life through the sad affair of the war to end all wars...
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Great memoir. First third is pretty much a slog, but once it gets going (when it slips into first person), it’s really excellent.
Also some reviews for the Gallipoli e-book, an excerpt from Nobody Of Any Importance, price £1, from http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gallipoli-Soldiers-September-1915-January-Importance-ebook/dp/B00U6DZXVC/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438880369&sr=1-2&keywords=nobody+of+any+importance
By Newcastleman in the United Kingdom on 7 January 2022
The generals were fighting a colonial war against an entrenched and well armed adversary who held the high ground Much suffering and death for the British and Anzac troops who could not get far beyond the beaches A good read for military and social historians
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal insight into part of WW1
By Malcolm C Stinton on 11 September, 2015
This is a brilliant first hand account of the last few months of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915/16. I am sure that it means more to anyone who had a relative who fought there, as I did, where once more I feel the appalling conditions that the soldiers lived and died in. The author does not hold back about his criticism of the hierarchy and the 'them and us' situation that existed amongst some of the officers, particularly those at the top whose incompetence was all part of the failed mission.
It's not a long read, but then you are not paying much for it on Kindle. It does have the futility of war as a theme, yet above all it shows us how these young men survived in the worst possible conditions and how their human spirit saw them through. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in WW1 and particularly the Gallipoli campaign.
5.0 out of 5 stars A short but extremely informative account of a young lad's first taste of war at Gallipoli
By para3drop on 30 September, 2015
An excellent detailed personal account of a 17 year old lad's experiences with the Royal Fusiliers at Gallipoli in 1915. He describes his experiences and events happening around him, highlighting his regiment's heavy losses through both enemy action and disease. An interesting disclosure is his ignorance of a 'Grand Plan,' and more importantly of how those in charge around him were implementing it. This young man, a lance corporal signaller displays a remarkable maturity in the way he copes with extremely arduous conditions. Although this is a very short story, it is very informative and well worth the read.
On 23 March, 2016
By Doodah on December, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting
Now, reviews on Amazon for the Somme e-book, The Somme: Through The Eyes Of A Foot Soldier Who Survived The Battlefield May-September 1916, an excerpt from Nobody Of Any Importance, price £1, from https://www.amazon.co.uk/Somme-Through-Survived-Battlefield-May-September-ebook/dp/B01CD4OQSM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480956688&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Somme+a+foot+soldier
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story by a brave man
By Ann Thomson in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2022
I liked everything about this book- Sam was a brave soldier - a survivor in the most terrible of war hostilities. His capacity to remember details many years later was impressive. The details came through as authentic - at no time did the details seem embellished to me - Sam told it as he remembered it. Unlike other accounts I've read written by soldiers in ww1, Sam questioned the leaders' decisions and actions - he carried out his duties, but didn't seem to me to have the complete "For king and country" attitude that people had at that time - he was critical of leaders, who didn't seem to lead - I'm so pleased that Sam took the time he took in later life to record his memories, and also pleased his son took the time and effort he did, to compile books about his father's incredible life. I also bought the other books available that detail all of Sam's war experiences - it really is incredible he survived any one of them, never mind surviving them all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding
By Alan Falder on 19 March, 2021
A very interesting read that I would recommend. It presented a vivid account of what life was like at that time. It portrays life in the trenches and the physical difficulties endured by those that had to live through that hell. We can only admire the many that served and the sacrifices they endured.
5.0 out of 5 stars This was very good for me
4.0 out of 5 stars The Somme
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed
By David King on 18 August 2021
Enjoyed the detail in this book, it has increased by interest in world war 1
This book says it all of the normal squaddie.
Thank you to the relative who composed it and for his brilliant efforts of putting it together. I feel you father was one of the luckiest men in WWI, when that RSM called him to his office and handed him the piece of paper, telling him he was out of it. His lads he left behind must have been pretty choked having lost a first class NCO.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier's account of WW1
By juandferg on 3 June 2021
Good look at the ordinary life of a soldier and a poignant reminder of how many under age soldiers fought and died in the Great War.
2.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written memoir
By Tim H Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 May 2022
At first I thought I may have chosen badly but I had not read the first two parts of the author's memoir. If this is what you find, stick with it. The account of being a POW in WW1 and especially the period after the armistice is fascinating. The part post war is even better and my favourite part of the book. I would love to have had the privilege to have talked to the author.
By Ray Trowse in the United Kingdom on 7 January 2023
Brilliant and detailed account of WW1 front line troops and action
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and readable
By Mike in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2022
I have enjoyed reading the whole series of books. They have been written in such an easily read style and give a very good insight into the life of an "ordinary" Tommy during WW 1 and initial stages of peacetime.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tommy's story
By Amazon Reader 28 May, 2021