It is 1915 and the Great War has been raging for a year, when Edward Rowbotham, a coal miner from the Midlands, volunteers for Kitchener's Army. Drafted into the newly-formed Machine Gun Corps, he is sent to fight in places whose names will forever be associated with mud and blood and sacrifice: Ypres, the Somme, and Passchendaele.
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Edward Rowbotham survived a bullet wound to the temple, and won the Military Medal for bravery. Janet Tucker is Edward Rowbotham's granddaughter. She edited and transcribed his memoirs.
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