In the Footsteps of the Valiant: The Lives and Deaths of the Forgotten Heroes of Nottingham High School: Volume One
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This is the first of five books commemorating the ultimate sacrifice made by the brightest young men of Nottingham in the Second World War. After six years of ground-breaking research, John Knifton has uncovered over 100 forgotten war heroes, men who served their country in countless ways. All of them had one thing in common: they spent their boyhood years at Nottingham High School. This book does not glorify the deaths of these men; but instead builds a monument to the unfinished lives they sacrificed for our freedom today. John Knifton conjures up the ghost of these men’s forgotten lives: their childhoods, families, homes, neighbourhoods, and the loved ones they left behind. You will discover their boyhood hobbies and their sporting triumphs, where they worked as young adults and the jobs they had. Most of all, you will find all the previously unknown details of the conflicts they fought in and how they met their untimely ends.
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Nov 19, 2019That this volume is but the first of a projected series of five conveys something of the scale of the author's undertaking. Judging by the quality of this first instalment, the complete set will constitute a work of immense value and interest, deserving of a wide readership. A comparatively short review cannot do full justice to the astonishing depth of research that underpins the stories of the twenty four Old Nottinghamians contained in this first volume. The author's skill as a meticulous researcher and writer able to sustain the reader's attention throughout has created a fitting and poignant tribute to the lives of those former members of the School who died as a result of the hostilities of the Second World War. The author not only chronicles the circumstances of his subjects' death, but also places their lives in the widest possible context. The additional focus on all manner of personal details relating to their prewar years provides a kind of social history that neatly... More > complements the later accounts of their involvement in combat. The result is an absorbing recreation of the "secret history of ordinary people" whose sacrifice helped secure the freedoms that so many today seem to take for granted. The publication of subsequent volumes is eagerly anticipated.< Less
Nov 19, 2019This book is a treasure trove of interesting information about the lives of boys who attended Nottingham High School as pupils and who fell as casualties during World War II. We also learn about the campaigns of World War II across the globe in which Old Nottinghamians fought and died and about the weapons and equipment they had to use. Too many books of this genre are one-dimensional, rightly saluting the bravery of those who perished but invariably focusing on their military exploits. In contrast, the “Valiant” emerge as rounded individuals; we learn about their families and houses, the character traits of their teachers and their talents as boys at Nottingham High School, whether academic, sporting, musical or dramatic. This poignantly underlines the unfulfilled potential of those who lost their lives at such young ages and makes us all understand better the sacrifice they made. The book reminds us that history is all around, in the dwellings we pass without a second glance, if... More > only we knew the stories of their former occupants. This book will be invaluable to anyone interested in the Second World War, the social and educational history of Nottingham in the early twentieth century and, of course, anyone connected with Nottingham High School.< Less
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- John Knifton (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Lauren Knifton PhD
- November 6, 2019
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.55 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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