The Forgotten Soldier

  • by Charlie Connelly
  • Narrated by Adrian Palmer
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Charlie Connelly returns with a First World War memoir of his great uncle, Edward Connelly, who was an ordinary boy sent to fight in a war the likes of which the world had never seen. But this is not just his story; it is the story of all the young forgotten soldiers who fought and bravely died for their country.
The Forgotten Soldier tells the story of Private Edward Connelly, aged 19, killed in the First World War a week before the Armistice and immediately forgotten, even, it seems, by his own family.
Edward died on exactly the same day, and as part of the same military offensive, as Wilfred Owen. They died only a few miles apart and yet there cannot be a bigger contrast between their legacies.
Edward had been born into poverty in west London on the eve of the 20th century, had a job washing railway carriages, was conscripted into the army at the age of 18, and sent to the Western Front from where he would never return. He lies buried miles from home in a small military cemetery on the outskirts of an obscure town close to the French border in western Belgium. No-one has ever visited him.
Like thousands of other young boys, Edward's life and death were forgotten. By delving into and uncovering letters, poems and war diaries to reconstruct his great uncle's brief life and needless death; Charlie fills in the blanks of Edward's life with the experiences of similar young men giving a voice to the voiceless.
Edward Connelly's tragic story comes to represent all the young men who went off to the Great War and never came home. This is a book about the unsung heroes, the ordinary men who did their duty with utmost courage, and who deserve to be remembered.


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Customer Reviews

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Best book I've had this year

Where does The Forgotten Soldier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five. It is a really great read and I kept trying to find time to listen to it.

What did you like best about this story?

the combination of first hand accounts and the authors own journey. I know a fair bit about the first world war and this area of Belgium but I learnt so much from the book.

Have you listened to any of Adrian Palmer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time I've had him as a reader and I liked it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. I won't go into as I don't want to ruin it! Just brilliant.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book! It is so well written and so easy to relate to. Purchasing a printed copy for my mum and for me as well I liked it so much.

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- Jenny Clifton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited