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Frank Richards

Old Soldier Sahib

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'...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 prostitues beckon, alcohol flows freely, and deadly diseases threaten to strike down the hardiest of men.

Author's Biography

Frank Richards was born in 1833 in Monmouthshire. Orphaned at nine years old, he was brought up by his aunt and uncle in the industrial Blaina area, and went on to work as a coal miner throughout the 1890s before joining the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1901. A veteran soldier who served in the British India and many areas of the Western Front, he 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.