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Previous books include Britain's Last Tommies, Boy Soldiers of the Great War . This is a World War I memoir told from the viewpoint of a Rear Ranks Rudy who worked himself into a commission

Previous books include Britain's Last Tommies, Boy Soldiers of the Great War, All Quiet on the Home Front, Prisoners of the Kaiser and the top five best-selling The Trench. This is a World War I memoir told from the viewpoint of a Rear Ranks Rudy who worked himself into a commission. His 17 weeks at the front earned him 14 months in the hospital recovering from 3 wounds in 6 months.

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book by Richard van Emden. After witnessing German naval attacks on British civilians, Norman Collins enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders of the 51st Highland Division, even though he was under age. Collins fought at the battles of Beaumont Hamel, Arras, and Passchendaele, and was wounded several times.

Richard van Emden’s books have sold over 660,000 copies and have appeared in The Times’ bestseller chart on a number of occasions.

The Last Survivors of the Great Wa. Norman Collins aged one hundred. It was not just the clarity of Norman’s recall that made the prospect of a book so exciting

The Last Survivors of the Great War. Prisoners of the Kaiser. With most interviewees, contact is sadly fleeting and usually finishes after the broadcast of the programme, but I found Norman so fascinating that I returned to see him, and a friendship developed. In time, I was very proud to be invited to his 100th birthday in 1997, and very sad, yet honoured, to attend his funeral in February 1998. It was not just the clarity of Norman’s recall that made the prospect of a book so exciting. Many memoirs written by veterans have been remarkable for their detail, as have those ghost-written in recent years by friends and enthusiasts.

Norman Collins, The Memoirs of a Seaforth Highlander During the Great War. Barnsley, South Yorkshire (UK): Leo Cooper. Our analysis draws from newspaper records on a diverse range of collectivities, from parties to rallies to riots.

the memoirs of a Seaforth Highlander during the Great War. by Collins, Norman. Published 2002 by Leo Cooper in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Check nearby libraries.

Last Man Standing : The Memoirs of a Seaforth Highlander during the .

Last Man Standing : The Memoirs of a Seaforth Highlander during the Great War. Pen and Sword Bookd Ltd. 2002. Pen and Sword Books Ltd. 2000. Tickled to Death to Go: The memoirs of a cavalryman in the first world war, Spellmount Publishers Ltd, 1996. ISBN 978-1-873376-55-3. Veterans: The last survivors of the Great War. 2005. Boy Soldiers of the Great War. Headline. ISBN 978-0-7553-1303-7. The Soldier's War: The Great War Through Veterans' Eyes. ISBN 978-0-7475-9873-2.

While researching his excellent earlier book: Veterans of World War I, author Richard Van Emden encountered a fascinating personality of that long-ago conflict. After witnessing German naval attacks on British civilians, Norman Collins enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders of the 51st Highland Division, even though he was under age. Collins fought at the battles of Beaumont Hamel, Arras, and Passchendaele, and was wounded several times.Collins lived to be 100 and had an unusually detailed collection of letters, documents, illustrations and photographs. Richard Van Emden has written a moving biography of a unique personality at war, and his long life after the dramatic events of his youth.

Comments: (7)

Уou ll never walk alone
This is an excellent first hand account of the experiences of a typical British “Tommy” during WW I. The United Kingdom suffered 673,375 dead and missing and 1,643,469 wounded out of a population of 46M during the four years of the war. (Wikipedia) Mr. Collins, through the randomness of life and death and war was one of the survivors. The book recounts the horribleness of the conditions and the almost incomprehensible suffering of the soldiers. I have read a number of similar accounts (A Rifleman Went to War by Herbert McBride and Subaltern on the Somme by Max Plowman are also excellent and recommended.) The following is an example of why these books are difficult to read but extremely valuable as historical records.
“After such intense fighting you always had men lying out in No Man’s Land… They could die in agony or you could shoot them. You would take your .45 revolver and talk to the man and kneel behind him and whilst you were talking pull the trigger….” “It’s a tremendous thing to shoot a friend, even though he’s in agony…”
Reighbyra
This is a World War I memoir told from the viewpoint of a Rear Ranks Rudy who worked himself into a commission. His 17 weeks at the front earned him 14 months in the hospital recovering from 3 wounds in 6 months. He lived to the age of 100 and, fortunately for succeeding generations, his memoirs were transcribed for this book.

His viewpoint is one of honesty and strictly from the trench level, not some headquarters. There are no grand analysis, no maneuver descriptions but there is a wealth of first rate descriptions of the gut twisting agony of going "over the top" and suffering through gas attacks. If you read this as a story, not a tome of military tactics, you will not be disappointed.
Rayli
Very revealing of the extreme casualties and deaths of common troops caused by senior commanders' ignorance and lack of any concern for their disastrous tactics. The biography is unusual in revealing the inner thoughts and character of the Last Man who survived the Hell of Trench Warfare and certainly did more for his nation's war than the generals and politicians.

The only drawback, for me, was the redundancy in the day to day accounts. I simply lost interest in reading essentially the same personal thoughts over and over again.

However, for WWI buffs, the book is a valid look into the hellfire of Western Front Training and Trench Warfare.
Ydely
I couldn't put this book down as it went through Norman's early life, enlistment and through to his service in World War One. In the book you follow Norman's progress from an optimistic and excited boy to a battle weary veteran and some of what is described in the book is more than a bit sobering as when Norman talks about the dying soldiers left out in the dark and the rain after a battle and how it was terrible to hear them but they couldn't help them. I did find his enthusiasm, strength of character and willingness to endure great hardships quite inspiring, in this 'Last Man Standing' reminded me of another great book 'A Fortunate Life' by A.B. Facey. I couldn't help but wonder if the young people of today would have these qualities if they needed them.
Swiang
Good book of one man's experience. Unfortunately for the reader he tends to minimize his battle experience and writes much about training and his wound recovery. He rendered fine service but the book lacks excitement for significant periods. Other men may have had more adventures to recount. Unfortunately they died before 1919.
Best West
Wonderful story from one who was there. WW I was so tragic and this first person account is one of the best I have read.
Ranenast
A wonderful insight into the life of a humble man who did his duty as he saw fit. No self congratulatory nonsense here, just the honest and very heartfelt recollections and letters of a man I would have loved to meet. Editor did a very good job of organizing and briefly connecting bits and pieces.
Good first-hand account of the awful conditions faced by the soldiers in the trenches of WW1. Written by a very modest man who had a lot of reasons not to be modest. Worth a read if you enjoy military history.
Last Man Standing: The Memoirs of a Seaforth Highlander during the Great War download epub
Historical
Author: Norman Collins
ISBN: 0850528631
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: Pen and Sword (August 20, 2007)
Pages: 205 pages