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Re: Lucknow & WWI

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Posted by John Wilson on August 15, 2020 at 04:21:16 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: Lucknow posted by John Nichols on August 14, 2020 at 09:40:21:

Colonel Jolys is described as the "hero of many wars" (PM29), the small colonial wars of AR’s childhood, which did not impinge on Britain much (apart from being the setting for G A Henty’s boys’ adventure novels). But as Tommy J. would have been about five for the Tin Trumpet incident fifty years ago, he would surely have served in WWI? But his or Ted Walker’s war service is never mentioned. The only mentions of the "Great War" are Mrs Barrable’s brother Richard who was in the Royal Navy in the war (CC24) and Slater Bob’s story of the "young Government chap" (PP3) who found gold on High Topps (which Captain Flint dismisses as a myth).

PS: Christina Hardyment has a new (2020) book out; "Novel houses: twenty famous fictional dwellings' although not having seen the book I don’t know if Beckfoot is one of them.

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