Voices of Savages Past 




Chapter 1: The National Liberal Club 1914–1918 

Chapter 2: The Savage Club and The Great War  

Chapter 3: Savage War Reporters           

War reporting in the Great War generally           

Sir Basil Clarke: war reporter, propagandist and father of modern PR      

Henry Hamilton Fyfe: sixty years in Fleet Street   

Perceval Gibbon: man of adventure        

Sir Percival Phillips: war reports and a famous ‘scoop’     

Chapter 4: Savage Generals        

Introduction: the Great War leadership in general            

Field Marshal Lord Roberts VC: ‘the master gunner’         

Field Marshal Lord Kitchener: ‘Your Country Needs You’ 

Field Marshal Sir William Robertson: army legend          

Field Marshal Byng: from ‘scug’ to field marshal 

Admiral Jellicoe: ‘the only man who could lose the war in an afternoon’  

Chapter 5: The Savage Fallen     


Second Lieutenant Harry Alexander: model Corinthian    

Private Cecil Chesterton: crusading journalist      

Captain AK Harvey-James: of drama and duty     

Second Lieutenant Alfred Papworth: much-loved architect           

Lieutenant-Colonel JM Richardson: the oldest soldier      

Major Charles Scott-Gatty: indefatigable actor    

Lance Corporal Lance Thackeray: pictorial humourist       

Chapter 6: Savage Men of Letters    


James Agate: a critical effort      

Herbert Asquith: answering his father’s call        

Harold Auten VC: Q-ship hero    

B Granville Baker: seeing both sides     

Rupert Stanley Gwatkin-Williams: far-flung seas and feral sheep

Sir BH Liddell Hart: man of military letters and strategy   

Basil and Lewis Hastings: chalk and cheese     

Gilbert Jessop: ‘The Croucher’ 

Sir Compton Mackenzie: nationalist, writer, raconteur, spy

W Somerset Maugham: storyteller and spy

HC McNeile: the man behind Bulldog Drummond

Victor Odlum: media magnate, military man

Reginald Pound: half a century a Savage

Alec Waugh: prisoner and poet

Dennis Wheatley: almost a gentleman

Henry Williamson: a literary genius lost

Chapter 7: Savage Entertainers


Joseph Batten: ‘a good Savage’

Billy Bennett: almost a hero

Basil Cameron: conducting with authority 

Sir Lewis Casson: a pacifist who went to war

Kenneth Duffield: from the outback to the frontline

Bud Flanagan: from teenage private to Dad’s Army   

Chesney Allen: from the cavalry to the Crazy Gang       

Stanley Holloway: ‘I don’t care to ponder on it’   

Raymond Massey: a statesmanlike actor

John Mackenzie Rogan: the leader of the band   

Arnold Ridley: Lance Corporal Ridley to Private Godfrey  

Jack Warner: the Western Front to Dock Green  

Chapter 8: Savage Artists             


Cecil Aldin: master of the war horse     

Oliver Bernard: hidden talent   

Will Dyson: ‘the artillery of art’  

Alfred Leete: ‘Your Country Needs You’  

Sir Edwin Lutyens: architectural genius   

CRW Nevinson: paint and prejudice   

EH Shepard: the man who drew Winnie-the-Pooh   

Sidney Strube: ‘Little Man’, big success   

Bert Thomas: ‘Arf a Mo’ Kaiser!’ 

Chapter 9: Savage Men of Law  


Lord Denning: the people’s judge     

Sir AP Herbert: uncommon talent      

Lord Moulton: the ultimate Savage polymath  

Chapter 10: Savage Men of Science   


Sir William Bragg: father of sonar   

Sir Philip Brocklehurst: explorer, guardsman, gentleman 

Douglas Derry: doctor and Egyptologist

Arthur Edmunds: surgeon rear-admiral 

Sir Alexander Fleming:
    the Savage who changed the course of medical history 

Colonel Lawrence Whitaker Harrison:
    ‘Father of the Venereal Diseases Services’       

Commander Norman Holbrook VC: a naval VC from a family of heroes    

Herbert Lightstone: decorated soldier-surgeon

Ronald Norrish: from prisoner of war to Nobel Prize       

Chapter 11: Savage Politicians


Oliver Baldwin, 2nd Earl of Bewdley: the apple that fell far from the tree 

Reginald Berkeley: a life of many parts   

Major CH Douglas: engineering a new way        

Ian Fraser, Baron Fraser of Lonsdale: in bounden duty and service         

Chapter 12: Royal Savages         


Edward VIII: from the Western Front to abdication          

George VI: the man who would be king  

Earl Mountbatten: from junior snottie to Admiral of the Fleet      

Chapter 13: Savage Future Generals       


Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery:
         Monty – ‘in defeat, unbeatable, in victory, unbearable’  

Field Marshal Harold Alexander: noblesse oblige personified     

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Arthur Tedder: per ardua ad astra    

Chapter 14: Aftermath: The Savage Club 1919–1939     

Club life between the wars   

Descent into darkness: the rise of fascism 1933–1945  

The eve of the war      


Appendix I: Timeline of the Great War    

Appendix II: The Churchill Portrait          

Appendix III: Mentioned in Despatches  


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