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Best Love to All: The Letters & Diaries of Captain Eric Rigby-Jones, MC & Bar & His Experiences as a Young Officer With the Liverpool Pals on the Western Front in 1917 & 1918

Based on his unpublished letters and diaries, it covers his participation in the battles of Arras and Ypres in 1917, with the Fifth and Second Armies during the great German Spring Offensive of 1918, and in Brussels after the armistice.

Eric Rigby-Jones is one of the many unsung heroes of the war, and were it not for his own account, his bravery would now be forgotten. He was awarded the Military Cross and Bar for his actions on the first and last days of the Spring Offensive. Invalided home, he was presented with his medals by the King at Buckingham Palace a week after his 21st birthday. Eric would go on to become a leading industrialist in Ireland after the war, founding his company, Irish Ropes, in the disused British cavalry barracks in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in 1933.

The book is well-researched and draws heavily on battalion war diaries and other memoirs. Unlike many books based on personal diaries, it sets Eric's own detailed, vivid and often humorous accounts within their broader military, political and social context, and highlights the many close ties that bound the officers and men of the Liverpool Pals together. It also introduces a wide range of characters, including Lord Derby, the Secretary of State of War and King of Lancashire, who was instrumental in creating the Pals; his younger brother, Brigadier Stanley, who commanded them; Johnny Douglas, the England cricket captain, who was Eric's battalion commander; Brigadier Robert White, who sent Eric on a suicide mission in March 1918, and who had been tried and jailed for his part in the Jameson Raid in 1895; and Aidan Chavasse, the youngest son of the Bishop of Liverpool and brother of the double VC-winner, Noel Chavasse, who was killed during a Pals' trench raid at Ypres.

The book is aimed at the general reader, and will appeal in particular to those who are interested in the history of Liverpool and the Pals battalions, and in Eric's later career. However, it also includes new details and perspectives, as in Eric's own account of the German spring offensive, which will make it of interest to the specialist reader. The book is well-illustrated, and includes numerous photographs and documents from the author's family albums, as well as his own photographs of the battlefields where his grandfather fought.

Best Love to All. The Letters & Diaries of Captain Eric Rigby-Jones, MC & Bar & His Experiences as a Young Officer With the Liverpool Pals on the Western Front in 1917 & 1918

234mm x 156mm
248 pages
82 black-and-white photos
8 maps

Available Now From Helion & Amazon!

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Graphics edited by Editor Hebber Inactive Member
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