“I feel one can say with some conviction that no man should willingly leave his home to fight, wound, maim or kill other men about whom he knows little and whom he certainly does not hate. When all men refuse to commit such follies the foundations of a true civilisation will have only just started to be laid.”
- Sam Sutcliffe, circa 1974 (extracted from his Memoir)

Book readings/speaking engagements

Readings from Foot Soldier Sam Sutcliffe's Nobody Of Any Importance: A Foot Soldier's Memoir Of World War 1 given by his son, Phil
Sam Sutcliffe, May 1919, post Gallipoli, 
Somme, Arras 1918, POW months, aged 20.
Sam's lad Phil, um, not long
ago. Thanks and © Pete Jenkins


 
Forthcoming readings 2022
BLIMEY, IT'S HALFWAY THROUGH 2022 ALREADY… AND, AFTER ALL THAT, FOOTSOLDIERSAM SOIREES ARE ROLLING ALONG, ALL LIVE NOW THOUGH ZOOMERS ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST –
SEE BELOW FOR MORE SCHEDULED… STILL RE-SCHEDULED IN SEVERAL CASES… PLEASE DO CONSIDER MAKING A SAM BOOKING FOR 2022, OR 2023 EVEN!
(ALL PROCEEDS FROM HIS MEMOIR PLUS ANY DONATIONS TO
BRITISH RED CROSS AS EVER)

TIN HAT OVER THE EARS, AS FOOTSOLDIERSAM WOULD SAY FROM HIS CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE OF GETTING THROUGH TRICKY TIMES!
All the best, Phil pp my dad, Sam
 
FOOT SOLDIER SAM WW1 MEMOIR READINGS — "NOBODY OF ANY IMPORTANCE" Excerpts from my father Sam Sutcliffe's WW1 frontline experiences – Gallipoli, the Somme, Arras '18 (the battle against the Spring Offensive)… plus before that the impoverished London childhood that made the Tommy, volunteering at 16 in September, 1914, training in Malta… and after that March 28 Arras battle Sam's eight months as a POW, Armistice and his long walk home, rcovery in various hospitals, his return home and one Tommy's aftermath through to the July, 1919, Peace parade. Every word from Sam's wonderfully vivid and detailed memory and his own pen…

Glad to do readings more or less anywhere in the UK in the back end of 2022 and on into 2023. Sam does requests, so you can have an overview from his entire Memoir, or more concentrated excerpts on Gallipoli, the Somme, Sam's 1918-19 or any combination thereof – plus I just [May '22] did a first ever on his "year out" – 1917 when, after the Somme, the Army realised he was still too young for the battlefield and sent him home until he was 19 (that was a request from Devon & Cornwall WFA, who seemed to enjoy the different aspect very well).
No fee, but I sell paperback copies of Nobody Of Any Importance and all
proceeds from Sam's writings plus any donations go to the British Red 
Cross – £6 per copy on the paperback after print costs plus every penny from sales of the e-book and e-excerpts on Gallipoli, the Somme and Arras/POW/1918-19, available via this blog. Donations to BRC in Sam's name welcome too, all info  http://footsoldiersam.blogspot.co.uk/p/books-available.html (more than £7,000 raised and donated as of June, 2022)


See below for details on how to book FSS readings… just got first enquiry for 2023 which is nice…

And then next…? (downhill? following wind? with fond hopes…)

2022
* August 30 Lancashire (East) WFA, Burnley (Corona-deferred,  rearranged from Feb 2021)
 
* September 14 Heart Of England WFA, Warwick (Corona-deferred,  rearranged from April 2020)
 
* September 29 Kent (North West) WFA, Pett's Wood (Corona-deferred, just rearranged from March 2020)

* October 3 Northumberland WFA, Shilbottle (near Alnwick)

* November 3 Middlesex WFA, Whitton (Corona-deferred,  rearranged from June 2020)

(Also see https://www.westernfrontassociation.com/branches/ for info on all branch events)

BOOK A FOOT SOLDIER SAM SUTCLIFFE READING
The above leaves rather a lot of unreading days as, despite present difficulties, the Remembrance movement plans its future programmes of events for 2021 (when we hope to be free at last!)...

So here's Phil and Sam's pitch to whomever might like a good talking to as we all together insist that "We will remember them" shall not fade into "Oh forget it"...…

Foot Soldier Sam's World War 1 in his own words: Lance Corporal Signaller Sam Sutcliffe's son and editor Phil reads excerpts from his father's story of World War 1. The Memoir covers childhood through to volunteering at 16, then front-line eye-witnessing Gallipoli, the Somme, the Spring Offensive, and his months as a POW through to Armistice and the Peace celebrations of July, 1919 – when he was just 21.
Sam meets the Chelsea Pensioners. Pic by
Lance Bolton of Royal Chelsea Hospital ©️2016.

Phil is happy to talk about the remarkable man he called "Dad", how the Memoir was written, and encourage audience members to discuss any aspect of WW1 – or any war – especially their own stories of family members caught up in such conflicts and how it has affected their own lives.

The readings are fee-free•, their purpose to record the essence of a First World War Tommy's experience, ensuring it's understood and not forgotten. Paperbacks of the Memoir will be available to buy at all readings. All proceeds from Sam's writings in print or e-books go to the British Red Cross (paperback £10, £4 print costs, so £6 to the Red Cross.
• But if you're miles away from London I'll ask for my fare! And donations to the Red Cross to supplement proceeds from books sales are always welcome of course, but entirely up to you…

Email philsutcliffe47@gmail.com or phone 020 8674 9397 to discuss bookings.


Foot Soldier Sam's road trips so far:
Readings 2015
* Walthamstow, London
* St Leonard's, Sussex
* Primrose Hill, London
* Gloucester and as duo with Kelsey Thornton, expert on WW1 poet Ivor Gurney
* Newcastle (with Phil and Ivor again)

Readings 2016
* "Chelsea Pensioners", London
* King's College, London seminar with four speakers, including Phil pp Sam relating excerpts from Nobody Of Any Importance to the work of World War 1's best-known front-line poet Wilfred Owen on the theme Patriotism And 'The Great Game'

Readings 2017
* London East Western Front Association WW1 open day at St Mary's Church, Walthamstow, September
* Ox & Bucks Western Front Association September meeting, Chalfont St Giles, October
* Abergavenny Library, October
* London East Western Front Association, Walthamstow, November

Readings 2018
* Essex Western Front Association, Hornchurch, April. This event sadly turned out to be in memory of Bill Fulton of Essex WFA and Malcolm Doolin of Walthamstow (London East) WFA who both died quite suddenly in the couple of weeks before the reading. Both much missed by everybody who knew them and the whole WW1 Remembrance movement.
* London Central Western Front Association, Waterloo, May.
* London East Western Front Association WW1 open day at St Mary's Church, Walthamstow, September.
* Wiltshire Western Front Association, Highworth near Swindon, October.
* Surrey Western Front Association, Cobham, November.

Readings 2019
* Norfolk Western Front Association, Norwich, January.
* Northamptonshire Western Front Association, April.
* Tyneside Western Front Association, June.
* Wales (Gwent) and Devon & Cornwall Western Front Associations, September.
* Worcester & Herefordshire Western Front Association, November.

Readings 2020
* Kent East Western Front Association, Canterbury, January.
* Cheltenham & Gloucester Western Front Association, February. 
* Spalding & South Lincs Western Front Association, February…
 
Readings 2021
* Lancashire & Cheshire WFA, Stockport, January (on Zoom, but went well, if differently, and thanks to the branch for a kind donation to Brit Red Cross in Sam's name)
* Birmingham WFA, Sutton Coldfield, August (also Zoom, and likewise thanks for donation to Brit Red Cross in Sam's name)
* Milton Keynes WFA, Milton Keynes, October (real-not-Zoom!)
* Lincoln & North Lincolnshire WFA, Lincoln, November (rearranged from March, real-not-Zoom! Thanks for donation to Brit Red Cross in Sam's name)
 
Readings 2022
*
Sussex WFA, Lewes, March (
thanks for donation to Brit Red Cross in Sam's name)
* Southend WFA,
April
(first post-Covid and special thanks for "record" donation to Brit Red Cross in Sam's name)
*
Devon & Cornwall WFA, Newton Abbott, May
* Wolverhampton WFA, Wolverhampton, June
 
 


The Norwich WFA reading, January, 2019, kind hospitality and a pic
kindly offered free to FootSoldierSam by a proper
photographer, namely © Peter Smith.

A brief history of Sam's son, Phil: 74, a Londoner, has been a  journalist all his working life, freelance mostly, writing about music – articles listed here – sport and many other interesting matters. Outlets have included Mojo, Q, Los Angeles Times, Total Sport, Sounds, Smash Hits, Time Out. He also wrote books about The Police, AC/DC, and Queen, before latterly turning to editing and publishing Sam's Memoir. Bruce Springsteen multi-tome always on the go.


Phil seeing eye to eye with Sam outside Abergavenny
Library before the October, 2017 reading.
Pic by Phil's wife Gay Lee.



Poster for a run of reading gigs
– designed by friend of Sam (and Phil) Hina Pandya.

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