War Letters of a Public-School Boy by Henry Paul Mainwaring Jones | Project Gutenberg

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‘In deciding to publish some of the letters… I was actuated by a desire, first, to enshrine the memory of a singularly noble and attractive personality; secondly, to describe a career which, though tragically cut short, was yet rich in honourable achievement; thirdly, to show the influence of the Great War on the mind of a public-school boy of high intellectual gifts and sensitive honour, who had shone with equal lustre as a scholar and as an athlete.’

Includes letters detailing Tank actions in the Arras offensive (see April 24th 1917 and following)

Lt. H.P.M. Jones, Tank Corps [listed in Commonwealth War Graves Commission records as Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)] was killed in action 31st July 1917, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Introductory: p. 1
1. Childhood: p. 9
2. At Dulwich College: p. 14
3. Football: p. 28
4. Cricket: p. 37
5. Editor of The Alleynian: p. 41
6. Public Schools and the War: p. 47
7. Tastes and Hobbies: p. 52
8. Music: p. 59
9. Literature and Ethics: p. 72
10. History and Politics: p. 85
11. In the Army: p. 98
12. Personal Characteristics: p. 110
At a Home Port: p. 121
With the 9th Cavalry Brigade: p. 131
With a Supply Column: p. 186
In the Somme Battlefield: p. 202
With the 2nd Cavalry Brigade: p. 212
With the Tank Corps: p. 229
Epilogue: p. 257
INDEX: p. 277

London, Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1918

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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