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An Unremarked Sacrifice - An Old Contemptible at the Front 1914
Private Jimmy Aspley – The Story of an Old Contemptible A 19 Year-old Father Hudson’s Lad at the Front 1914
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Ken Wayman

Jimmy Aspley (the author’s wife’s great-uncle!!) was the eldest son of a Rifleman father who died in Birmingham City Asylum aged 33. Mother and family impoverished; three Aspley brothers spent much time in a children’s home in Coleshill, Warks. Family ‘home’ was in the warren of back-to-backs of Birmingham.

Jimmy enlisted in July 1913, trained, posted to ‘D’ Company, 3/Worcestershire. Book follows the battalion’s role, from mobilisation until the end of December 1914. 

Based on battalion war diary, regimental history and three eye-witness accounts. The author has walked the ground where Jimmy Aspley became a victim of the German Artillery’s ‘daily hate’, dying (without a marked grave) as a 19 year-old Old Contemptible.

Was Jimmy’s an ‘Unremarked Sacrifice’? 

The commemorations uncovered by the author suggest this was hardly so.

Pub date: 1 Sept 2016
ISBN: 978-1-908336-79-8
Format: 152x229mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 378pp
Price: £16.99
Publisher: Tommies Guides
Imprint: Reveille Press

BIC Classifications:
First World War (HBWN)
First World War, 1914-1918 (3JJF)
Local History (WQH)
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