This book tells the story of Frank Bailey who embarked on a 36-year long career with the Essex Regiment when he enlisted just after the death of Queen Victoria. This remarkable journey took him far away from his tiny village to the colonies and the beaches of Gallipoli and the trenches of The Somme.
His grandson Ted Bailey traces this extraordinary life set in truly historic times which unearths an unknown family and a brother killed in action. With the men of Essex, we relive the gross horrors of the now infamous campaigns of the Great War, including the famous tank battle at Cambrai where Frank earned the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field. After surviving that terrible conflict, Frank retired with honour as a Major and his story is indeed that of A Major Soldier.