The Last of the Last: The Final Survivor of the First World War

The Last of the Last The Final Survivor of the First World War Before his death at the age of in May Claude Choules was the last man alive who had served in both world wars Claude learned life s lessons during a rural childhood in England and later in t

  • Title: The Last of the Last: The Final Survivor of the First World War
  • Author: Claude Choules
  • ISBN: 9781845966317
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Before his death at the age of 110 in May 2011, Claude Choules was the last man alive who had served in both world wars.Claude learned life s lessons during a rural childhood in England and later in the Royal Navy as a boy sailor, before graduating to become an explosives expert in the Australian navy.In his 80s, Claude began working on his memoirs with the help of his dauBefore his death at the age of 110 in May 2011, Claude Choules was the last man alive who had served in both world wars.Claude learned life s lessons during a rural childhood in England and later in the Royal Navy as a boy sailor, before graduating to become an explosives expert in the Australian navy.In his 80s, Claude began working on his memoirs with the help of his daughters, and The Last of the Last is a riveting account of his lifetime that vividly mirrors how the last century unfolded.Claude had the insight of an ordinary man thrust to the forefront of international furore He was opposed to the glorification of war, but his charming anecdotes honour a generation called upon to serve not once but twice This engaging, wryly humorous autobiography reflects the amiable nature of a truly unique man.

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    1. This is an immensely readable account of the life of Claude Choules, an ordinary man whose extraordinary experiences took him halfway around the world. We begin in rural England as a young Claude joins the Royal Navy during the First World War at the tender age of 14 which leads him to Southampton for training and active service. During this period Claude volunteers for service with the Royal Australian Navy where he ultimately settles before leaving in 1931. However, life in civvy street doesn' [...]

    2. Én aki mit sem értek a haditengerészethez, azt hittem ez a könyv közelebb visz majd az első világháború megértéséhez, katona szemszögből. Sajnos a sok műszó és a tengerészélet nem ismerete elég gyorsan megközelíthetetlenné tették számomra a könyvet, így nem tudtam végigolvasni. A nyelvezete sem túl élményszerű, Claude talán szóban jobb mesélő volt.

    3. A decent read, although with an abrupt and kind of random ending. The war stories were definitely interesting.

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