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My Boy Jack?: The Search for Kiplings Only Son Tonie Holt

My Boy Jack?: The Search for Kiplings Only Son

Tonie Holt

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ISBN : 9781844157044
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237 pages
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On 27 September, 1915, John, the beloved son of the world famous author Rudyard Kipling, was reported missing in the Battle of Loos. Having pulled every string to get his myopic son into the Irish Guards Kipling was devastated at the loss of hisMoreOn 27 September, 1915, John, the beloved son of the world famous author Rudyard Kipling, was reported missing in the Battle of Loos. Having pulled every string to get his myopic son into the Irish Guards Kipling was devastated at the loss of his only man-child and determined to find his final resting place. Despite his influential position and a lifelong search, he never succeeded in his quest.In 1992, seventy-seven years later, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission named a previously unknown soldier buried in St Marys ADS CWGC Cemetery in France as John Kipling. Intrigued by this unusual development, Tonie and Valmai Holt, well known for their battlefield tours and guide books, felt compelled to investigate further. In the process, they became fascinated by the brief life of this young man, previously dismissed as intellectually inadequate and undistinguished. Instead, as this book reveals, they discovered a likeable, humorous and brave young officer, remarkably unspoilt by his fathers fame. They also reveal that Johns death had a devastating effect on his father and greatly influenced his subsequent work.Major and Mrs Holts intensive researches led them to the conclusion (reinforced by the opinions of four qualified professionals which are reproduced at the end of this book) that the Commissions 1992 decision was unsound. Their researches are ongoing and their latest discoveries are described in this new edition, published to coincide with an ITV1 film and an IWM Exhibition on My Boy Jack.