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'Save Yourselves, I'll carry on'. These were the last known words of Herbert Columbine, shouted at his two companions on the afternoon of 22nd March 1918. At 9am that morning, in Hervilly Woods, France, 9 Squadron Machine Gun Corps had come under intense attack from a heavy force of German infantry. Private Columbine took command of an isolated gun, with no wire in front and began firing. As the German onslaught grew and casualties mounted, Herbert and two others eventually became separated from the rest of their Squadron. After several hours it became clear their position would soon be overrun so Herbert told them to escape while they could. Now on his own, Herbert hung on tenaciously, repelling several attacks, each one deadlier than the last. He was only defeated after the Germans bought up air support and dropped a bomb on his position. Herbert Columbine has no known grave.
All author royalties from the sale of this book go to the Columbine Statue Fund of which Dame Judi Dench is Patron. This is a project to raise money for a lasting memorial to Herbert Columbine in his home town of Walton on
the Naze, Essex. For more information please visit www.carolemctbooks.info/herbert-columbine-vc/
AS REVIEWED IN THE 'CLACKTON GAZETTE'.
Inspiring story. A fascinating subjectDaily Gazette (Colchester)
Carole McEntee-Taylor's latest work details the life of Private Herbert Columbine from Walton-on-the-Naze, who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously after he died aged 24 in action in France in March 1918.East Anglian Daily Times
McEntee-Taylor vividly reveals the horrors of war, not only for Herbert, but for his grieving mother, too.BBC Who Do You Think You Are
“I firmly believe that this book will become the template for the other war books which will be published in the future.”www.arrse.co.uk
“Not so much a war story more the family history of a War, a Battle, a Corps and Unit. I heartily recommend this ground breaking book.”
Herbert, a machine-gunner, was just 24 when he died in Hervilly Woods, France, on March 22, 1918. Now his story has been brought vividly to life by military historian and author Carole McEntee-Taylor. Carole's book is a clever mixture of fact and fiction, blending meticulously-researched military and social history with imagination.EADT, 4/1/14
The obvious entry point for gaining an understanding of a conflict such as the First World War is some sort of reference or profile of an individual soldier. The is a great example of just such a biographical account. The research is sound and well presented and the narrative easy to follow and linked with facts, maps and photographs.Major Mike Peters AAC, Soldier Magazine
An account of self-sacrifice by a Machine Gun Corps private during Germany's final desperate advance in March 1918.Victoria Cross Society
Of all the daring PoW escape stories that have come to light in the last 100 years and immortalized by Steve McQueen in the film The Great Escape, the story of J.L. Hardy has to be one of the most remarkable. A PoW for three-and-a-half years, Hardy made no less than twelve escape attempts while imprisoned by the Germans in the First World War, five of which being successful. In early 1915 he attempted to escape from Halle Camp, near Leipzig, by breaking through a brick wall into an adjacent ammunition factory. After five-months work the project proved impracticable. In the summer of 1915 he was…By Captain Alan Bott MC
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