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A Seventeen-Year-Old Joins Kitchener's Army

by E. W. Parker

"Into Battle" by E. W. Parker: This small icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page.

A Seventeen-Year-Old Joins Kitchener's Army


With an Introduction by John Terraine

First published 1964 by Longmans, Green and Co Ltd.
Republished 1994 by Leo Cooper - Pen & Sword Books, Ltd.
Edition: First reprint
ISBN: 0 85052 428 8
Available in Hardcover

Book's condition and details:
A clean black cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering to the spine marred only by a suggestion of dust spotting to top edge of page block. Condition at least VERY GOOD PLUS no inscriptions, pages pristine. Dust wrapper in VERY GOOD PLUS condition no tears or marks, very slight shelf wear.

98 pages. 145 mm. x 224 mmm. x 16 mm.

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Weight wrapped <500 grms.

Price: £10.00 plus postage priced as per table at right!

INTO BATTLE is the story of a seventeen-year-old boy, E. W. Parker, from the time he joined Kitchener’s Army, as one of the first hundred thousand in 1914, until the Armistice.

A photograph of E. W. Parker's "INTO BATTLE: A Seventeen-Year-Old Joins Kitchener's Army" in an attempt to show the condition and general appearance of this book.



Written well over sixty years ago while the experiences of youth were still fresh in the author’s mind, this is the story of a seventeen-year-old boy from the time he joined Kitchener’s Army, as one of the first hundred thousand in 1914, until he found himself in hospital – an officer with the Military Cross – recovering from his last wound, on the day of the Armistice, 11 November, 1918.

In no way a formal record of the great and terrible events it describes, this is a purely personal, almost private account. It is a plain, unvarnished tale – and all the more effective for that – of heroism, and the horror peculiar to the trench warfare of the First World War.

Interspersed with moments of pity, humour and a deep response to natural beauty and peace out of the firing line, it is a record which in its detail, direct simplicity and manner of telling, comes nearer to the truth than many more ambitious accounts.    


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