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A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private by Andrew Clark

By Andrew Clark

Whilst award-winning journalist Andrew Clark chanced on the dossier on Harold Joseph Pringle, he exposed a Canadian tragedy that had lain buried for 50 years. This notable tale of the final soldier to be completed through the Canadian army -- most likely wrongfully -- provides existence to the forgotten casualties of battle and brings their honour domestic at last.

Harold Pringle used to be underage while the second one global warfare broke out, desirous to depart quiet Flinton, Ontario, to serve through his father’s part. yet few who volunteered to struggle “the sturdy fight” discovered what horror lay forward; quickly Pringle chanced on himself in Italy, struggling with at the bloody “Hitler Line,” the place two-thirds of his corporation have been killed. Shell-shocked, he launched into a sad, ultimate path that culminated in a suspect homicide conviction.

His attraction used to be reviewed by means of the top degrees of presidency, correct as much as leading minister King. yet inner most Pringle was once positioned to dying -- the one soldier the Canadians done within the complete of the second one global conflict. His personal countrymen performed the orders, forbidden to move domestic prior to finishing this final gruesome project, although the battle had ended. The Pringle dossier was once closed and stayed that means for 50 years -- till Andrew Clark exposed it and started a two-year research on Pringle’s existence within the army.

A willing Soldier is a true-life army detective tale that exhibits one other part of what many examine our proudest army crusade. Andrew Clark examines the fallout of a concern that disfigured our nationwide judgment of right and wrong and keeps to elevate questions on the ethics of battle. And he does so with eloquence and a deep compassion, not just for his topic yet for all wartime infantrymen -- even the boys who achieved Pringle and the officer who gave the order to fireside.

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One of the gunmen, while making a grab for the lookout man’s Winchester, fell victim to the preacher’s unerring fire. He pitched forward with a broken leg, the weapon he wanted still out of his reach. Close behind him, a fellow gangster who had been blasting away steadily with a pistol was Doc’s next target. Then he suddenly found himself on his back, shoulder smashed. McLean seemed the coolest person on the street, despite the whining slugs that threatened momentarily to end his preacher-veterinarian career.

Just to ensure that nothing unusual happened during the stranger’s stay in town, a citizen stayed with him wherever he went, all day long. For complete security, the citizen packed a Winchester. If the stranger bought tobacco, his guard went with him, ostentatiously slapping the carbine on the counter before him. That evening, when the visitor was escorted to the train, the police at Prince Rupert were advised by wire. There, they checked him off the train onto a southbound boat. Ultimately, he arrived in Vancouver, never to be heard of again.

Gentlemen,” he said. “This is a wonderful country you have out here—and such glorious weather! This is the first time that I have visited you, and as conditions are similar to those when my uncle established a world’s record in executions, I am hoping to break that record today to celebrate the first time I have visited the Pacific coast. “Now, gentlemen,” he said, growing serious, “when the condemned man appears, you will kindly lift your hats—not necessarily out of respect for him, but for the law.

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