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Patriotism, seeking adventure or revenge, pressure to join the army, escaping boredom or dead end job, having been raised in time when war was glorified, innocent view of soldier life these are just some reasons why teenage boys lied about their age to join the war That boys aged fourteen and seventeen were accepted its shame My favourite chapter 14 Aftermath speaks about problems what these who joined underage and survived had to struggle with when the war was over Some pictures in the book Patriotism, seeking adventure or revenge, pressure to join the army, escaping boredom or dead end job, having been raised in time when war was glorified, innocent view of soldier life these are just some reasons why teenage boys lied about their age to join the war That boys aged fourteen and seventeen were accepted its shame My favourite chapter 14 Aftermath speaks about problems what these who joined underage and survived had to struggle with when the war was over Some pictures in the book are worth a thousand words Content wise a rather short bookif it had been edited I was really excited about this book, but the style of hopping to different boys paragraph to paragraph made it very hard to connect and keep up The subject matter is fascinating, but I think could have been better served by focusing on a handful of boy soldiers I hope to come back to this book and finish it later. A detailed examination of under age BRITISH enlistees in WWI No examination of Central Power s enlistees or other allies other than some mention of colonies contributions Occasionally repetitive the best sections were when van Emden followed the experiences of specific boys and quoted their or their parents words His very deliberate focus on enumerating the actual numbers of under age enlistees was a little tedious but might be good for ending debates at pub quizzes Generally if the book A detailed examination of under age BRITISH enlistees in WWI No examination of Central Power s enlistees or other allies other than some mention of colonies contributions Occasionally repetitive the best sections were when van Emden followed the experiences of specific boys and quoted their or their parents words His very deliberate focus on enumerating the actual numbers of under age enlistees was a little tedious but might be good for ending debates at pub quizzes Generally if the book wastightly edited this would have been an excellent read Very disappointing book, the title is very misleading as it only focuses narrowly on English and occasionally Scots,Welsh and Irish lads caught up in the horror of WW1 but fails to even reference this phenomenon against the other Allies and the armies of the Central Powers It makes occasional mention of colonial troops Canada but massively underplays the number of boys as a percentage of population who served from the African colonies and the Antipodes It should have been called Boy Soldi Very disappointing book, the title is very misleading as it only focuses narrowly on English and occasionally Scots,Welsh and Irish lads caught up in the horror of WW1 but fails to even reference this phenomenon against the other Allies and the armies of the Central Powers It makes occasional mention of colonial troops Canada but massively underplays the number of boys as a percentage of population who served from the African colonies and the Antipodes It should have been called Boy Soldiers of the British Army It does remind us that the greatest enthusiasm for conscription in WW1 came from Lloyd George and gives glimpses into the mob psychosis that led to the persecution of men and boys who were branded as shirkers An amazing read The age of some of these soldiers is sometimes incredulous Mr Van Emden shows great understanding for his topic and the book is a pleasure to read. I know it s unfair to criticise a book for not meeting an objective it didn t profess to have, but I was a little disappointed in this My grandfather, a regular soldier, was 17 when he was sent to France in October 1914, and I was hoping for some insight into his experiences and whether they differed from those of his older colleagues because of his relative youth However, this book deals exclusively with boys and youths who enlisted under age at the outbreak of WW1, which it does extremely we I know it s unfair to criticise a book for not meeting an objective it didn t profess to have, but I was a little disappointed in this My grandfather, a regular soldier, was 17 when he was sent to France in October 1914, and I was hoping for some insight into his experiences and whether they differed from those of his older colleagues because of his relative youth However, this book deals exclusively with boys and youths who enlisted under age at the outbreak of WW1, which it does extremely well It wears its detailed research lightly and the interviews it features with veterans still surviving when it was written a decade or so ago are interesting and used well I ve been reading about the First World War and particularly about the experiences of British soldiers in the Trenches for the last few years, and there was a lot in this book which was new to me Fascinating, horrifying and upsetting stuff mostly I actually welled up a few times There were other points, though, where the author s reams of statistics became meaningless It was the unique details of the personal stories of several individuals who were followed through the war which really hit h I ve been reading about the First World War and particularly about the experiences of British soldiers in the Trenches for the last few years, and there was a lot in this book which was new to me Fascinating, horrifying and upsetting stuff mostly I actually welled up a few times There were other points, though, where the author s reams of statistics became meaningless It was the unique details of the personal stories of several individuals who were followed through the war which really hit home The author writes really well, too, which isn t always the case with factual books Such a researched piece of work about the Great War which is so fascinating and interesting to many.The author examines the lives of the boy soldiers from their individual perspective, plus that of their parents, the War Office and MP s whose aim was to remove the boys from front line service This is moving and heart breaking and a necessary telling of the boys lives, giving up their youth, their future life prospects on return and for many resulting in their deaths As well as serving King and Such a researched piece of work about the Great War which is so fascinating and interesting to many.The author examines the lives of the boy soldiers from their individual perspective, plus that of their parents, the War Office and MP s whose aim was to remove the boys from front line service This is moving and heart breaking and a necessary telling of the boys lives, giving up their youth, their future life prospects on return and for many resulting in their deaths As well as serving King and Country they effectively saved the United Kingdom by their service and got little in return coming home with broken bodies and minds and expected to get on with it unsupported.A highly recommended read `READ EPUB ↷ Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time ☟ At the outbreak of the First World War, boys as young as thirteen, caught up in the overwhelming tide of patriotism, enlisted for active service in huge numbers Many were to serve in the bloodiest battles of the war, like Frank Lindley, who seeking to avenge his dead brother, went over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme He was just sixteen Drawing on unpublished diaries and letters, as well as the testimonies of the last survivors, Boy Soldiers of the Great War records their stories of sacrifice and heroism