Aristocrats Go to War: Uncovering the Zillebeke Cemetery by Jerry Murland

By Jerry Murland

Zillebeke’s small churchyard army cemetery offers the foundation for this captivating piece of army and social background. the writer has researched into the exploits and backgrounds of 27 fallen squaddies, the bulk being officials of the Guards and Cavalry, in addition to ‘other ranks’ and 6 Canadians.

The end result is an interesting and relocating publication that emphasizes the indiscriminate nature of struggle. Privilege and wealth have been no defense opposed to bullets and shells and all males despite heritage took their possibilities, status shoulder to shoulder. the first conflict of Ypres in overdue 1914 used to be in lots of methods the final stand of ‘Britain’s Contemptible Little military’ (as the Kaiser known as it) and the Ypres Salient was once to stay the focal point of a lot battling over the subsequent 4 years.

Thanks to distinctive study and help from the households involved, the writer has unearthed letters, memorabilia and photographs.

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