I Survived Didn’t I?

The Great War Reminiscences of Private ‘Ginger’ Bryne

Joy Cave

Date Published :
October 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8 pages of b/w plates
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473821248

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 144


4124 Private Byrne, C., 2nd Battalion The Hampshire Regiment, latterly the Machine-Gun Corps, provides an account of an infantryman's life in the trenches of the Western Front during the Great War. Charlie ("Ginger") Byrne was a typical young "tommy" who had no liking or aptitude for writing, but at the age of 82, sound in body and having a mind blessed with total recall, he was persuaded to tell his story to an interested and observant listener. Joy Cave has achieved the transition into print of Charlie's war, set down in the form in which he related it, with an added commentary on the larger events in which, like so many of his generation, this humble soldier found himself caught up. It is not a narrative of grand strategy, nor a recital of epic heroism (although courage enough is evident), but the reminiscence of the ordinary infantryman - the individual viewpoint of one tiny cog in a colossal war machine. Through the account of chaos shines the tolerant good humor and forbearance of the soldier who fought and survived.

About The Author

Joy B. Cave was born in the City of London in 1922, and educated at Luton High School for Girls at the University of London. During the Second World War she served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and in 1943 marred Norman Cave, who ended the war as a captain in the Cheshire Regiment. At the time of the publication of her first book – What Became of Corporal Pittman? (1974) – she was an English teacher at what was then the Priory School for Girls, but she has subsequently retired. A founder member of the Western Front Association, for which she does much work, she visits the Great War battlefields of France and Belgium at least once a year. She also feels an an special attachment to Newfoundland – her second book was Two Newfoundland VCs (1984) – and visits that province as often as she can. She and her husband have lived in Shropshire for the past thirty years.

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