In the latest Trench Chat we talk to historian and battlefield guide Andrew Thornton about his research on the men of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914, the ‘Old Contemptibles’. Who were they, and what is the history behind the Old Contemptibles Association. We also discuss the death of John Parr at Mons in 1914, the soldier believed to be the first killed on the Western Front in 1914.
Andrew Thornton at Ypres in 2018
Below are some books relating to the Old Contemtpibles and some of Andrew Thornton’s books. Click on an image to be taken to the Amazon Page for that book. Buying books this way helps support the Old Front Line. Thank you!
Andrew Thornton has written a long and detailed account of this for his blog – which you can read here: https://ourwar1915.wordpress.com/2020/09/07/private-john-henry-parr/