Title: The Final Whistle
- The Great War in Fifteen Players
Size 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
THIS IS THE STORY of fifteen men killed in the
Great War. All played rugby for one London club; none lived to hear the
brought them together; rugby led the rush to war. They came from
Empire to fight in every theatre and service, among them a poet,
were decorated and died heroically; others fought and fell quietly.
their stories paint a portrait in miniature of the entire War.
in 1879, when British soldiers fought in Afghanistan as they do today,
Park has no Great War memorial. An old press cutting gave numbers - 350
72 died - but no names. So began a quest to rediscover these men and
their lives, from their vanished Edwardian youth and vigour, to the war
fought and how they died. This is their story.
Cooper has written a haunting and beautiful book. Here we see the
slaughter and the everyday humanity of men hurled into the abyss of
warfare at its most terrible. His book tells the story of men from one
club but it is a universal narrative of heroism and loss. He writes
and has produced a book of commendable scholarship. I cannot recommend
fascinating take on the impact of the Great War, with a novel and
moving focus” - Ian
“This is a
deeply moving book about the loss of fifteen members of Rosslyn Park
during the Great War. A War that scarred Britain and took so many fine
had they lived would have enriched this country. The lives of these
all so promising, are poignantly and vividly recalled by historian
Cooper.” - Max
Author’s royalties go to
the Rosslyn Park Injury Trust, supporting young sportspeople with
injuries, and Prostate Cancer UK.