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

Author: Walter D. E. Young
Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
Category: Biography: Historical, Political & Military, Memoirs, British & Irish History, 20th Century History: C 1900 To C 2000, World War 1 Books
Book Format: Paperback

A superbly written personal account of fighting years on the Western Front. Thousands of books have been and probably will be written on the Great War, but the voices of those who actually lived through the hell of blood and pain have fallen silent. But every now and then a treasure is unearthed - a secret memoir. Walter's War is one such book. Written without the knowledge of his family and not discovered till after his death, this is the gripping account of an ordinary soldier, who was awarded the Military Medal. Although he never talked about the war once it was over, 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 recreated his experiences so accurately - it was not till his son cleared the house after his father's death that three books in his father's meticulous handwriting were discovered.

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Alan Johnson MP 7

Introduction Walter Edward Young (1889-1957) 12

Chapter 1 March 1915: To France 24

Chapter 2 May 1915: Battle of Festubert 34

Chapter 3 September 1915: Battle of Loos 77

Chapter 4 March 1916: Vimy Ridge 114

Chapter 5 April 1916: "Time-Expired" 118

Chapter 6 March 1917: Back to France 130

Chapter 7 May 1917: Bullecourt Village 135

Chapter 8 June 1917: Hindenburg Line 146

Chapter 9 September 1917: Ypres 156

Chapter 10 Mid-September-November 1917: 164

Hospital and Light Duties

Chapter 11 November 1917: Back to the Ypres Canal 169

Chapter 12 December 1917: Poelcapelle 177

Chapter 13 February 1918: Barisis 189

Chapter 14 March 1918: Battle of Crozat Canal 195

Chapter 15 March 23rd 1918: Prisoner of War 208

Chapter 16 March-June 1918: Missing 213

Chapter 17 May-July 1918: "Zwei und Zwanzig" 224


Chapter 18 July 1918: Czech-Prussian II Coal Mine 236

Chapter 19 Sheep without a Shepherd 251

Chapter 20 Post-War 262

Glossary 270
About Walter 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.


SKU BK-9780745970301
Barcode # 9780745970301
Brand Lion Hudson Plc
Artist / Author Walter D. E. Young
Shipping Weight 0.2900kg
Shipping Width 0.198m
Shipping Height 0.021m
Shipping Length 0.129m

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