George Ashurst served with the Lancashire Fusiliers, taking part in First Ypres, Gallipoli and the Somme, and enduring months of trench warfare on the Western Front, making numerous grim and dangerous patrols into no man's land. Ashurst was often frightened and uncertain, occasionally infuriated by the 'shirking' amongst the officers, and was usually ready for a cigarette or drink, but when his battalion attacked he would not shrink from his duty.
Richard Holmes is the author of numerous books including The Firing Line Soldiers and Riding The Retreat, published in the UK. He is the author and presenter of the BBC War Walks series and their accompanying books. His latest television series for the BBC and the History Channel is The Western Front, also accompanied by a bestselling book. Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies Cranfield University and the Royal College of Military Science, Schrivenham and Britain's senior serving reserve officer. He is a resident of Hampshire, England.