Kelly's War

John Cooksey
In this remarkable book, historians Jon Cooksey and Graham McKechnie present the extraordinary story of Frederick Kelly, the musician, composer and Olympic rower who was killed in action during the Great War. Frederick Kelly's war diary, written between 1914 and 1916, has never been published in its entirety and is a wholly unique document of the First World War. Impeccably detailed and beautifully written, Kelly's diary offers an exclusive insight into a unique formation of the First World War the Royal Naval Division, a group of sailors serving on land as soldiers. The RND was formed by Winston Churchill and included some of the most eminent scholars, thinkers, artists and athletes of the time men such as Rupert Brooke, with whom Kelly was intimately acquainted and whose final hours Kelly witnessed.

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9781910536049 (23 Apr 2015)
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More about John Cooksey

Jon Cooksey's previous books include Harry's War - The Great War Diary of Harry Drinkwater and Blood & Iron - Letters from the Western Front. As well as writing books, Jon has contributed feature articles to national newspapers and history magazines.

Graham McKechnie studied modern history at Queen's College, Oxford before pursuing a career in sports journalism. He is currently Sports Editor at BBC Radio Northampton. He has produced and presented several radio documentaries for the BBC, including the stories of Reading Football Club in the First World War and Ronald Poulton Palmer the England rugby captain.