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Walter's War

A rediscovered memoir of the Great War 1914-18

Walter Young Kate Benson

272 pages
SPCK Group
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.
Author Bio
Walter Young was a Londoner, who joined the Territorial Army before theoutbreak 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 earneda Military Medal for bravery and ended the war as a prisoner of war. Hekept his memoirs secret and they were not discovered till after his death.