Frank Vans Agnew left America in 1914 and claiming to be 40 (rather than 46) enlisted in 2nd King Edward's Horse. He arrived in France in 1915 at Festubert and was given a commission. After attending the Machine Gun School he was at the Somme before volunteering for the Tank Corps. In 1917 he was wounded at Messines, where he won his MC. He demonstrated his tank for King George. He fought at 3rd Ypres and was wounded and captured at Cambrai in November 1917. Over the next 12 months he was held as a POW at Hannover, Karlsr?he, Heidelberg and Furstenberg. His extraordinary and varied experiences are superbly recorded in this beautifully crafted memoir.
Frank Vans Agnew was born in 1868 and emigrated to New York in 1884. His career was hugely varied: he farmed, trained and qualified as a vet; was a Roosevelt Rough Rider, gold miner, copper miner, postmaster and premier peach grower. After his war experiences, he lived variously in British Honduras, Scilly Isles, New Mexico, France, Spain, Cornwall (during WW2 in the ROC), West Indies, South Africa and Switzerland where he died in 1955.