Published: 15/06/2004
ISBN: 9781904744313
Format: Paperback

"Taken from the official war diaries, filled out by the letters and the memoirs who were there [...] the stories tell of incredible bravery. [...] The book gives comprehensive coverage of the early war experiences of the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry who came to be known as 'the Old Contemptibles' ."Somerset Life Magazine

"The book ... is really quite riveting stuff, and sets a benchmark for similar endeavours ... the pace of the narrative is a delight ... this is certainly a book you should consider adding to your Great War bookshelf. Excellent. Highly Recommended."
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Good Old Somersets
The 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry August-December 1914
by Brian Gillard

On 22nd August 1914 1000 men of the Somerset Light Infantry sailed for France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. Within four days a quarter of them would be lost at the Battle of Le Cateau, and by the end of the year barely 200 of the first contingent were serving in France.

This book ia a day-by-day chronicle of the Battalion from August to December 1914. It uses the Official War Diaries, together with extracts from personal diaries and correspondence, newspaper reports and other contemporary material. The book covers the fighting, movements, trench life and relaxation of a typical group of regular soldiers who came to be known as ‘The Old Contemptibles’.

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