- Nigel McCrery
Following the Boat Race description, life after university, civilian career where there was time before war broke out, and a brief outline of military career are described. Manner of death and location of memorials are also stated.
The book contains a good selection of black and white illustrations, with a military photographic portrait of each man, plus photographs of rowing crews, race programmes, medals etc. Unfortunately, in some cases, the scanning resolution is poor.
The book concludes with appendices on History of the Boat Race, The Race Course, Rowing Terms, List of Names (by University, stating College attended, Boat Races in which rowed, rank, regiment and date of death), Boat Race Results 1829 to 1920, Rowers by Boat Race Year, and finally, Rowers by College. There is a comprehensive Bibliography of published material and memorial books. The Index is extensive and detailed. Along with the chapter structure, this makes it easy to dip in and out of this informative book.
The balance of information for each life is far more about Boat Races than military service, so this book will probably appeal more to those with links to Cambridge or Oxford University than the Royal Navy or Army.
Published February 2017 by The History Press ISBN 978 0 7509 6771 6 Hardback £20.00