Frank Vans Agnew, MC, Veteran Volunteer

Discussion in 'Military Biographies' started by Barnbarroch, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Barnbarroch

    Barnbarroch New Member

    Veteran Volunteer, Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks and Captivity 1914 – 1919 by Frank Vans Agnew (Ed. Jamie Vans) is now available from Pen and Sword at pre-publication price of £15.99, see and from Amazon (UK) as well.

    Do buy it! And enjoy it! Would you like to review it?

    Frank was a remarkable man:
    He was 46 when he travelled from America in 1914 to enlist, having been a veterinary surgeon, a farrier in Roosevelt’s Roughriders, an assayer at gold and copper mines in Western Canada and Kazakhstan, and an orange grower in Florida.
    Posted to the front in May 1915 Frank was soon in the thick of the action and in 1917 was transferred to the Tank Corps, winning an MC at Messines. He was wounded and captured in November and spent 13 months in POW camps before a spell in Copenhagen helping to repatriate British soldiers.
    His later career saw him in Belize, prospecting for chicle trees, ranching in New Mexico and growing daffodils in Cornwall before his retirement, which was interrupted by two years in the Home Guard and three in the Royal Observer Corps.
    He died in 1955. I only met him once, about a year before that.

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