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Charley’s War: the Diary of Charles Parkinson Heare 2nd Battalion, The Monmouthshire Regiment 1914-1919

Private Charles Parkinson Heare (1891-1985) was born in Griffithstown, near Pontypool. He joined the Second Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment Territorial Force in 1913 which embarked for France at the outbreak of the First World War. He served on the Western Front as an orderly with 2nd Mons under the command of the 4th and then 29th Divisions.

He left the army in January 1919 and might have slipped back into obscurity but for the fact that he compiled a record of his experiences during the war. This has survived and is remarkable for both the detail it provides and candid way in which it is written.

South Wales Record Society publication no. 31
Edited by Christabel Hutchings and Richard Frame
Published 2018
ISBN 978-1-9998326-1-2 (paperback)

Price: £14.50

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