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.Among our naval trainees we had several young men who were members of Surf Lifesaving clubs and, therefore, excellent swimmers. ... they were not allowed to do any manual work that might have damaged their hands. ... We were shown the operation of the mine and how our ships were protected by having heavy electric cables wrapped around them on .... So, next day off I went to Pearce in a service car and on arrival was given a parachute to wear and instructed how to operate it anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Last of the Last|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2011-05-05|