The Flag: The Story of Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

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It has different names in different countries: the tomb of the unknown soldier. But few people know the story of how it came to be, and fewer still the story of the man, Reverend David Railton, we have to thank for one of the most enduring symbols of the costs of war and freedom.

The Flag is actually two intertwined stories: Railton’s time as a chaplain during World War I and his life after, as he sought to continue his work while bearing the mental scars of war. Richards does a remarkable job of bringing both parts of Railton’s story to life, crafting moments where his post-war struggles to help soldiers are as emotionally engaging as his efforts during battle.

Not only that, but Richards also reveals the story behind Railton’s altar flag, the Union Jack that served him and his charges across battlefields. The flag has a tale all its own — often written in the first person by Railton himself! — that brings perspective to both Railton and the landmark he created.

The Flag is a war story that understands the many, many costs of war and celebrates how the best of humanity cares for us during our worst times.

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Author Andrew Richards
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher casemate
Publish Date 2017-Dec-14
ISBN 9781612004471
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Issue June 2018
Category History
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