Hundreds of desk-bound clerks and bureaucrats volunteered to fight and created the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles. They fought with great distinction at Loos, the Somme, Messines, Cambrai, Salonika and the capture of Jerusalem. Their esprit de corps was very strong. This uses memoirs and diaries to tell the story from the men's viewpoint,and introduces many regimental personalities.
Civil servants are not generally known for their soldierly qualities. Yet in the Great War a volunteer regiment of 'civil servants and their friends' served with distinction in the front line, fighting in many of the major battles. This new study, the first since the 1920s, draws on previously unpublished material - personal memoirs, diaries and interviews - to tell their extraordinary story, and is supported by a wealth of marvellous photographs.