Memoirs of World War One soldier centre of talk in Beer

PUBLISHED: 10:40 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:40 19 October 2017

Les Andrews with George Bastone at the launch of Beer's Royal British Legion. Ref shb 34 17TI 9499. Picture: Terry Ife

Les Andrews with George Bastone at the launch of Beer's Royal British Legion. Ref shb 34 17TI 9499. Picture: Terry Ife

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The memories of a junior officer serving in World War One will be the centre of a fundraising talk for Beer’s newly formed Royal British Legion branch.

David Gordon will share the experiences of his father Huntly who served in the Royal Field Artillery during the conflict.

Huntly published a vivid personal account in a book entitled ‘The Unreturning Army’ which is recognised as one of the best memoirs of the period.

The officer arrived in Belgium shortly before the Battle of Passchendaele and served through to the German spring offensive in 1918.

Historian Richard Scott said: “Four men from Beer were killed at Passchendaele, and another was wounded and won the Military Cross. This event will help to convey the terrible conditions in which they fought.”

The talk will begin at 7.30pm in the Congregational Hall, Fore Street on Wednesday, November 8.

The event is free but any donations can be made to the Beer branch. Copies of The Unreturning Army will also be on sale.

For more information call Richard Scott on 01297 24157, or rscottbeer@outlook.com

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