The seventh day of Christmas: Frank Richards in Library of Wales
A veteran soldier who served in the British India and many areas of the Western Front, Frank Richards wrote his seminal account of the Great War from the standpoint of the common soldier, Old Soldiers Never Die, in 1933. This was followed by Old Soldier Sahib, a memoir of his time serving in British India, in 1936. He died in 1961.
'...the greatest account of trench warfare...' Phil Carradice, BBC
Arguably the greatest of all published memoirs of the Great War, Old Soldiers Never Die is Private Frank Richard's classic account of the war from the standpoint of the regular soldier, and a moving tribute to the army that died on the Western Front in 1914. In this remarkable tale, Richards recounts life in the trenches as a member of the famous Royal Welch Fusiliers, with all its death and camaraderie, in graphic detail, vividly bringing to life the trials and tribulations faced by the ordinary rank and file.
'...a remarkable and fascinating account...' --Phil Carradice, BBC
From the author of the celebrated Great War memoir Old Soldiers Never Die, Old Soldier Sahib in Frank Richards' account of his experiences as a Royal Welch Fusilier in India and Burma at the dawn of the 20th century. Richards recounts with brutal honesty the everyday life of a common soldier in the Indian Empire, where prostitutes beckon, alcohol flows freely, and deadly diseases threaten to strike down the hardiest of men.