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WW1 Memoir Reading - Private Sam Sutcliffe's "great" war

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WALES (GWENT) WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION BRANCH

Constitutional Club, Park Road

Abergavenny

NP7 5TR

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My name's Phil Sutcliffe and I'll read excerpts from my father Sam's experiences as a WW1 Tommy – touching on:
* the poor London childhood that "made" the Tommy, then Summer 1914 and the enlistment fever that saw him join up, aged 16, in September
* his terrible and even sometimes terribly funny experiences of the trenches at Gallipoli (Suvla Bay, V Beach with the 2/1 Royal Fusiliers)
* the Somme (including July 1 at Gommecourt with the Kensingtons)
* the battle against the Spring Offensive outside Arras (Fampoux, his Company and 2/7 Essex Battalion's fight to the last bullet)
* his eight months as a POW wandering occupied France and southern Germany
* Armistice as viewed from a POW camp in Lorraine, his long trek back to the French Front (including the bit through a minefield)
* his homecoming and further adventures in England through to July, 1919, when he attended and riotously enjoyed the Peace Parade (with his brother Ted – they're pictured above, Ted on the left, Sam on the right, maybe in 1916 when they were 20 and 18 respectively). If there's time. Well, at least a flavour of all that will be attempted.

Free entrance, but a small donation to help with the WFA's running costs is requested. Non-members very welcome.

I can't offer you a meet-the-author I'm afraid, just a chat with his son and editor – plus a "chance to buy" the third and final edition of the Memoir, price £10, with added documents, Endnotes and all (proceeds from Sam's writings go to the British Red Cross; in the case of the paperback that means £6 per copy). E-books of the Memoir and the extracted battle/campaign excerpts on Gallipoli, the Somme and the Spring Offensive (including his POW months and, finally, Peace) are also available, all details http://footsoldiersam.blogspot.co.uk/p/books-available.html

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Constitutional Club, Park Road

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United Kingdom

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