In these, his memoirs, we see Harry's adolescent revolt against his
all-powerful father and his flight to Canada after knocking him
down in a row. Then there is the account of his adventures in the
Lincolnshire Regiment before the outbreak of the First World War,
his time in the trenches with the rats and the corpses and only his
belief in the Almighty and in his Destiny to keep him going. He
tells how he lost a fortune during the Depression, and then made
another that he was to fritter away in luxury cruises in the last
years of his life. The Second World War gives him a new 'raison
d'etre' - first in the Home Guard and then in the 'Little Ships.'
He paints a vivid picture of a forgotten way of life, a life of
ease, of loss, of heartbreak, and of adventure; though, strangely
enough, he never speaks of his personal feelings - it wasn't the
He was fiercely proud and patriotic and adored all royalty and
aristocracy, delighting in any occasion that permitted him to
approach them. But his greatest pride was that of being, first and
foremost, 'a Lincolnshire man.'
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