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The Flag

The Story of Revd David Railton Mc and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Andrew Richards

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Casemate Publishers
01 December 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; Biography: religious & spiritual; First World War; Land forces & warfare; Memorials & rolls of honour
This is the story of Revd David Railton MC, who after his harrowing experiences as a chaplain on the Western Front conceived the idea of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. This book describes the wartime experiences of Reverend David Railton, MC, who was a chaplain on the Western Front during WWI. As a chaplain, Railton supported soldiers in their worst moments, he buried the fallen, comforted the wounded, wrote to the families of the missing and killed, and helped the survivors to remember and mark the loss of their comrades so that they were able to move on and do their job. He was present at many battles, and received the Military Cross for rescuing an officer and two men under heavy fire on the Somme. It was Railton's idea to bring home the body of a fallen comrade, whose identity was unknown, from the battlefields of Belgium and France to be buried in Westminster Abbey. Although suffering from what was obviously Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, after the war he carried out his duties as the vicar of Margate and took on many philanthropic works on behalf of the poor, especially supporting ex-servicemen who came home and had to deal with the aftermath of a terrible war and crippling unemployment. The story of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been told several times, including the part played by the Reverend David Railton, M.C. However, no book has been written about the man himself and his flag, which he used as an altar cloth and shroud throughout the war, was consecrated a year after the burial of the Unknown Warrior, and now hangs in Westminster Abbey. This book has been written using hundreds of original letters, notes, and publications penned by Railton himself. AUTHOR: Andrew Richards served 22 years with the Household Cavalry. During his last years of service, he graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Humanities with History and Classical Studies. Since retiring from the Army, he has written both fiction and non-fiction titles. He lives in New York with his wife and children. 30 images
By:   Andrew Richards
Imprint:   Casemate Publishers
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781612007496
ISBN 10:   161200749X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Andrew Richards served 22 years with the Household Cavalry. During his last years of service, he graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Humanities with History and Classical Studies. Since retiring from the Army, he has written both fiction and non-fiction titles. His first non-fiction book, The Flag, was published by Casemate in 2016.

Reviews for The Flag: The Story of Revd David Railton Mc and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

The book is an attractive addition to the mass of literature about the First World War and about the tasks and frequent heroism of the chaplains. --Church Times This is a well-researched book...The style of writing brings home something of what it was to be an army chaplain amid the battles in France and Flanders. --Methodist Recorder We have waited nearly a century for Reverend David Railton's story, and this book does this humble and decent man a great service. It is an extraordinary story. --Guards Magazine Richards does a remarkable job of bringing both parts of Railton's story to life, crafting moments where his post-war struggles to help soldiers are as emotionally engaging as his efforts during battle... The Flag is a war story that understands the many, many costs of war and celebrates how the best of humanity cares for us during our worst times. --Seattle Book Review ...a worthwhile biography and one well worth reading. --The Long, Long Trail


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