Just 18

Florence Vansittart Neale was struck by the extreme youth of a local recruit. It is good to know that Montague James Read (1897-1971) survived the war and went on to live a long happy life.

9 May 1916

Monty Read came to say goodbye. He off tomorrow to join army. Only just 18.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham Abbey (D/EX73/3/17/8)

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