Walter's War

Walter's War : A rediscovered memoir of the Great War 1914-18

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The voices of those who actually lived through the hell of blood and pain during the Great War have fallen silent. But every now and then a treasure is unearthed - a secret memoir. Walter's War is one such book. Written without his family's knowledge and not discovered till after his death, this is the gripping account of an ordinary soldier, Walter Young, who battled through Ypres, Loos, and many of the key engagements, and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry at Bullecourt. Although he never talked about the war, his writings vividly capture the mixture of boredom and terror that were so familiar to the soldiers on both sides. No one knew that he had captured his experiences so accurately - but this book gives us an extraordinary and moving insight into what life in the trenches was really like.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 128 x 24mm | 280g
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 page plate section plus maps etc in text
  • 0745970303
  • 9780745970301
  • 951,413

About Walter D. E. Young

Walter Young was a Londoner, who joined the Territorial Army before the outbreak of war, and was called up to fight in the First World War in 1914, serving in the London Regiment of the Post Office Rifles. He earned a Military Medal for bravery and ended the war as a prisoner of war. He kept his memoirs secret and they were not discovered till after his death.
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"A lucid and vivid account of one man's experiences - but what terrible experiences, and what a remarkable man." -- Alan Johnson MP "Factual books providing this excellent basement level view of World War I are rare. Young... provides a meticulous, almost dispassionate record of day-to-day life and death during those terrible years. He leaves it to the reader to imagine the destructive impact such hardship and grief has upon the human soul, both at the time it is happening and in the years after the conflict has ended." -- Dale le Vack, author of Stretcher Bearer! "A Post Office sorter, a quiet, careful man, finds himself fighting for his country in France. He records his war story step-by-step in the penetratingly clear language of an able man." -- Professor G. R. Evans, author of Edward Hicks: Pacifist Bishop at War "A gripping, compelling memoir of a good man in extraordinary times." -- Duncan Barrett, author of Men of Letters
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