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THE KNUTSFORD LADS THAT NEVER CAME HOME - Published January 2014

Tony's latest book, The Knutsford lads who never came home was published in January 2014 and tells the story of the 270 lads from the Knutsford area who were killed in the Great War. The painstaking research has resulted in a complete record of all the men who fell from that area.

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What people are saying about this latest book: 

The book is great, really enjoyed reading it.  Not just that, but it made me ask around to find out a bit more about James Higginson Norbury becasue I was sure there was a connection. Fortunately, I still have a great aunt born in 1916 who is still alive, still has all her marbles and knows about some of these lads (too young to know perosnally at the time).

I applaud you for taking the time to write this book.  I'll see if I can get you a few more sales - I'm plugging it for you!! Thanks for dropping me a copy off - the best £15 spent in ages!! 

Phil Norbury

THE TABLEY LADS WHO NEVER CAME HOME  

by Tony Davies published in 2012.

Nine working class lads, average age 20, all single and off on an adventure – an opportunity to travel, wear a uniform, meet new people and make a stand for ‘King and country’.  It all sounded unmissable, glamorous and worth a punt, after all, their country needed them and they answered the call.

This was 1914.  Off they went to war, fighting on the Western Front and the Dardanelles.  By 1918 they were all dead.

This is their story told by Tony Davies, who lives on the same country estate where their lives entwined.  He was inspired to find out more about these innocent lads when he discovered the memorial hidden away in Tabley chapel in the grounds of Tabley House where he married in 2008.

Their stories are both typical and unique all in the same breath – you will be saddened by their naivety and inspired by their courage. Their short lives demand remembering and this book ensures their names are more than just gold lettering on a local war memorial.

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2014 sees the release of Tony's novel ~ A fascinating and intriguing tale set in World War I...

 

 

Synopsis for ‘Rhys’ War

At Christmas 1915 a meeting occurs in Switzerland, where two old men discuss the war that rages around the world – their aim is to stop it. Their aides watch as the two men discuss how to accomplish this in detail.

During 1916, the Western Front is being torn apart as the battle of the Somme rages on. One participant is Rhys Evans, a former detective from a small rural Welsh police force, who is now a sergeant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He enlisted in 1914 and saw action in all the major offensives and now he is ‘going over the top’ again at Mametz Woods.

Following the battle he is called to headquarters, where his reputation as a very competent detective, has preceded him, and he is made a lieutenant in the Military Foot Police and told by General Haig himself of the murder of two senior officers who were serving on the front. He is given the job of finding the culprit.

On the other side of the trenches, former detective Günter Mayer is recovering from his wounds he received at Ypres the year before – he too is tasked with an enquiry – that of investigating the murders of two German officers – one on the Western Front and the other to the east.

Both men encounter the difficulties of conducting a murder enquiry during wartime – always fluctuating between being a policeman and a soldier.

Rhys’ assistant, Sergeant Dave James is a long time criminal, who knows his way around the underworld and is of enormous help to Rhys.

Their enquiry takes them to Paris where they meet the beautiful agent, Mata Hari, who seeks to help them.

The two teams of policemen are allowed to meet in Paris and pool their information as it becomes clear that the cases are interlocked, however on their return to their own lines the German policemen are gunned down, one is killed and Günter is left for dead and taken prisoner.

They all become party to the knowledge of a secret meeting in Switzerland involving high level British and German generals (Haig and von Moltke)– hell bent on stopping the war.

How far will the government of Britain and Germany go to stop any information of this meeting leaking out?

Was the death of Lord Kitchener really how they said it was – an enemy mine?

How far will Prime Minister Asquith and Minister for Munitions David Lloyd-George go to protect their reputations?

Who murdered the aides present at that meeting?

And who sent the assassin after Rhys and Günter – in an effort to tidy the mess up.

How can Rhys save his German friend, now in a prison camp?

The hero is involved in an execution of a deserter, and continues to fight the enemy. He even encounters his sister, who is an ambulance driver in France.

The action culminates during a fierce battle, where despite being hunted Rhys still has to fight the Hun.

The novel is historically accurate, drawing on my research of the era. The main action (except the meeting) happened but I have given it my own twist.

And with the centenary of the start of the war coming up, there will be a great interest in this period of our history.

If you want more information on the book or to be kept up to date on the release of Rhys' War, please email tony@tonydavies.me