Charles Carrington of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment commanded a front line company at Passchendaele, aged just 20, and lost most of his men to shellfire.
Charles Carrington enlisted in 1914, and by December 1915 found himself stationed on the Western front between Gommecourt and Serre. Up until the spring of 1916, Charles enjoyed the experience; a sort of 'outdoor camping holiday with the boys, with a slight spice of danger to make it interesting'.
The war tactic soon changed - as did the weather - and Charles found himself living in a world of mud, noise, and always a few shells away from nervous breakdown. The trenches became the real world, and far-off London - and his family - began to feel very unreal.
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|Interviewed Guest||Charles Carrington|
|Executive Producer||Detlef Siebert|