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Esmond. the Lost Idol 1895-1917

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Title: Esmond. the Lost Idol 1895-1917
Author: Astor, Johnnie
ISBN: 9781912174027
Publisher: Helion and Company
Published: 2017
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Near Fine
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Publisher Description:
Esmond Elliot, younger son of the Earl of Minto, Viceroy of India, was killed while serving with the Scots Guards, aged 22, at the beginning of the Passchendaele Offensive.

Compiled from his grieving mother's memorial of his life, together with his letters, diaries and photographs from the front, the story begins with a sweeping panorama of a golden prewar era, featuring Canada, the splendor of the Raj, Eton and the Royal Family, and ends with sacrifice on the Western Front.

After leaving Eton in 1914, Esmond gave up his place at Cambridge and joined the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry. He arrived in France in February 1916 as ADC to Geoffrey Feilding who was in charge of the Guards Division. As a staff officer, he was exposed to the complexities and responsibilities of High Command and to senior military figures, but he yearned for action and, six months later, joined the Scots Guards, a regiment which would take him to the frontline.

During the bitter winter of 1916/17, he saw fierce fighting on the Somme, when his Battalion suffered terrible losses.

In preparation for the Passchendaele Offensive, which began on 31 July 1917, Esmond led a daring raid across the Yser Canal, returning with vital intelligence which helped the Guards Division in their successful seizure of the bank on the enemy side four days before the main assault. A week later, while in command of his Company, he was killed by a single bullet.

Esmond's jottings, direct and spontaneous, reveal the rapid transformation and maturing of a young officer exposed to war. His mother's collection of letters shows the extent to which one life, albeit brief, touched so many people and how the memory of it, and the influence of his goodness, left a lasting impression.

John Buchan wrote of Esmond: "His gallantry was remarkable even among gallant men and in the darkest days his debonair and gentle spirit made a light around him."

And in a letter to Esmond's mother, his Platoon Serg