“I feel one can say with some conviction that no man should willingly leave his home to fight, wound, maim or kill other men about whom he knows little and whom he certainly does not hate. When all men refuse to commit such follies the foundations of a true civilisation will have only just started to be laid.”
- Sam Sutcliffe, circa 1974 (extracted from War: The Somme, Part Five of this memoir)

Book readings/speaking engagements - marking Remembrance Day…

Free readings from Foot Soldier Sam Sutcliffe's Nobody Of Any Importance
given by his son, Phil
Forthcoming readings 

Details later of readings next year at Essex branch of the Western Front Association in April and Walthamstow branch of the WFA in September (yes, a return visit, so the first two must have gone down well!) – leaving only 362 days open to offer! I'm working on it… see the following for contacts etc:

Foot Soldier Sam's World War 1 in his own words: Sam Sutcliffe's son and editor Phil reads excerpts from his father's story of World War 1. The Memoir covers childhood through to volunteering at 16, then Gallipoli, the Somme, the Spring Offensive, his months as a POW through to Armistice and the Peace celebrations of 1919 – when he was just 21.
Pic by Lance Bolton of Royal Chelsea Hospital ©️2016.

Phil is happy to talk about the remarkable survivor he knew, how the Memoir was written, and encourage audience members to discuss any aspect of WW1 – or any war – especially their own stories of family members caught up in such conflicts and how it has affected their own lives.

The readings are free•, their purpose to record the essence of the First World War Tommy's experience, ensuring it's understood and not forgotten. Paperbacks of the Memoir will be available to buy at all readings. All proceeds from his writings in all formats go to the British Red Cross.
• Except if you're miles away I might ask for my fare!

Email philsutcliffe47@gmail.com or phone 020 8674 9397 for bookings.


Foot Soldier Sam's road trips so far:
Readings 2015
* Walthamstow, London
* St Leonard's, Sussex
* Primrose Hill, London
* Gloucester and as duo with Kelsey Thornton, expert on WW1 poet Ivor Gurney
* Newcastle (with Kelsey and Ivor)

Readings 2016
* "Chelsea Pensioners", London
* King's College, London seminar with four speakers, including Phil pp Sam relating excerpts from Nobody Of Any Importance to the work of World War 1's best-known front-line poet Wilfred Owen on the theme Patriotism And 'The Great Game'.

Readings 2017
* Western Front Association WW1 open day at St Mary's Church, Walthamstow.
* Ox & Bucks Western Front Association September meeting, Chalfont St Giles.
* Abergavenny Library, October
* Walthamstow (London East) Branch of the Western Front Association, November
Phil seeing eye to eye with Sam outside Abergavenny Library
before the October, 1917 reading. Pic by Phil's wife Gay Lee.
A brief history of Sam's son, Phil: 70, a Londoner, has been a  journalist all his working life, freelance mostly, writing about music – articles listed here – sport and many other interesting matters. Outlets have included Mojo, Q, Los Angeles Times, Total Sport, Sounds, Smash Hits, Time Out. He also wrote books about The Police, AC/DC, and Queen, before latterly turning to editing and publishing Sam's Memoir. Bruce Springsteen multi-tome always on the go…





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