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  Kitchener's Lost Boys: From the Playing Fields to the Killing Fields
Kitchener's Lost Boys: From the Playing Fields to the Killing Fields

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 208 pages
Author: J. Oakes
Year: 2009
Other Data: b&w photos, appendix, bibliog,index
ISBN: 9780752449302

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Product Code: THP008
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In the early days of the First World War, Lord Kitchener made his famous appeal for volunteers to join the New Army. Men flocked to recruiting offices to enlist, and on some days tens of thousands of potential soldiers responded to his call. Men had to be at least eighteen years old to join up, and nineteen to serve overseas, but in the flurry of activity many younger boys came to enlist: some were only thirteen or fourteen.

Many were turned away, but a lot were illegally signed up, and at least 250,000 underage boys found themselves fighting for King and Country in the First World War.

In this groundbreaking new book, John Oaks delves into the complex history of Britain's youngest Great War recruits. Focusing on a school cricket team, all eleven of whom volunteered. He reveals why boys joined up, what their experiences were and how they survived to endure a lifetime of memories.

For many of those who didn't, an unknown grave awaited. In some cases, their mothers never knew what became of their children.

1. The Sacrificial Schoolboy
2. Why They Chose to Fight
3. One Hell of a Lesson
4. Recruiting Fever
5. Training for Armageddon
6. School for Sacrifice
7. Outstanding Debts of Courage
8. A Land Unfit for Heroes
Appendix: A Time Time of the Main British Engagements on the Western Front (1914-1918)
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