Aristocrats Go To War is the account of eighteen officers and men who fought principally with 4th Guards Brigade, the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and the 7th Cavalry Brigade during the final months of 1914 and are buried in the small churchyard cemetery at Zillebeke, near Ypres. The cemetery, often referred to as the 'Aristocrat's Cemetery', is noted for the high proportion of individuals from their families of the aristocracy and landed gentry who are buried and commemorated therein. These men were part of a regular army that had evolved from nearly a century to reform and reorganization. Some had fought in South Africa in the second Boer War and most were typical of the Edwardian officer corps in their social origins and outlook. Using their personal careers, the book traces the historical and political processes that saw the British Army emerge from being the plaything of the aristocracy to the professional organization it became in the early twentieth century. It takes the reader to France with the British Expeditionary Force in early August 1914 and concludes with the first Battle of Ypres. It was at Ypres these men made the final sacrifice in a battle that, in many ways, determined the outcome of the First World War. This is their story.
Thanks to detailed research and support from the families concerned, the author has unearthed letters, memorabilia and photographs.
Prior to embarking on a teaching career, Jerry Murland served in the Parachute Regiment on operations in the Middle East.
Jerry Murland’s thought provoking book achieves much more with the poignant stories of fourteen officers, an NCO and two private soldiers, who were buried in Zillebeke church cemetery during the last fortnight of the First... [read full review]Guards Magazine
"There is a corner of a foreign field that is forever England"–this book captures the true spirit of Rupert Brooke's words. Its focus is on the lives of the 17 men who are buried... [read full review]Military Illustrated, John Allen
The churchyard cemetery at Zillebeke, near Ypres, is the resting place of 27 soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. Some were members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, killed in the later... [read full review]Family History Monthly
This is the fascinating account of eighteen officers and men who fought principally with 4th Guards Brigade, the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and the 7th Cavalry Brigade during the final months of 1914... [read full review]Britain at War , November 2010
The Zillebeke cemetery is often referred to as 'The Aristocrats' Cemetery' due to the large number of fallen officers who have found their final resting place there. Many lost their lives retreating from Mons and... [read full review]Tom
This book commemorates the lives of 18 men who finished their existence in the small churchyard cemetery of St Catarinakerk at Zillebeke near Ypres. They were part of the BEF which had fought at Mons,... [read full review]Military History Society, Nov 2010
This book focuses on the World War One burial ground near Ypres, know as 'the Aristocrats Cemetery' dues to the high proportion of officers from the landed gentry and aristocrats interred there. Using letters, memorabilia... [read full review]Family Tree, Oct 2010
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About Jerry Murland
Jerry Murland served in the Parachute Regiment. He is the author of Departed Warriors and Aristocrats Go To War (Pen and Sword Military). He lives near Coventry.
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