The Last of the Last

The Last of the Last

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Before his death at the age of 110 in May 2011, Claude Choules was the last man alive who had served in both world wars. Claude learned life's lessons during a rural childhood in England and later in the Royal Navy as a boy sailor, before graduating to become an explosives expert in the Australian navy. In his 80s, Claude began working on his memoirs with the help of his daughters, and The Last of the Last is a riveting account of his lifetime that vividly mirrors how the last century unfolded. Claude had the insight of an ordinary man thrust to the forefront of international furore. He was opposed to the glorification of war, but his charming anecdotes honour a generation called upon to serve not once but twice. This engaging, wryly humorous autobiography reflects the amiable nature of a truly unique man.I had to train their crews in the use of depth-charges and periodically go to sea beyond the 100-fathom line to conduct live practices with them. ... We were shown the operation of the mine and how our ships were protected by having heavy electric cables wrapped around them on their upper decks. .... It had been discovered by fishermen, some of whom wanted to haul it up the cliff face by wire rope, put it on a truck and cart it into Esperance to go on display in the hotel there.

Title:The Last of the Last
Author: Claude Choules
Publisher:Random House - 2011-05-05

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