- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing (15 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144560213X
- ISBN-13: 978-1445602134
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Tommy at Ypres: Walter's War - The Diary and Letters of Walter Williamson Paperback – 15 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Doreen Priddey (nee Williamson) is Walter's granddaughter. She first read Walter's diary in 1995, regrettably after her 'Grandpop' and her father had passed away, and was enthralled. As a result she decided to compile his writing for publication. Doreen has had a career in entertainment and lives in Anglesey.
Walter Williamson was twenty-eight years old when he was called to war with the 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment in 1916. In doing so, he left his wife Amelia and his two-year-old son, 'Little Jimmy', back in England. His diary and letters tell the story of his wartime experience. Walter died in 1957 at the age of fifty-nine.
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Walter, a married man from Cheadle Hulme, enlisted under the Derby Scheme and after being mobilised trained with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment at Birkenhead. His story begins on being drafted to France in December 1916 and takes us through his exploits with the 1/6th Battalion until February 1919. A large chunk of his war was spent in the Ypres salient (hence the title) and the passages concerning the Third Battle there from late July to October 1917 are of especial historical interest. Walter comes across as a likeable chap, with his diaries being full of anecdotes, mentions of his comrades and observations on the war and his part in it.
I am not wholly convinced that this is a diary as such, for there is more past tense, reflection and knowing that I would expect in something that was written at the time. It appears to me to be more of something written some time after the events - certainly not many years after as the details are too vivid and dependable, but perhaps a few days or weeks later, giving the author time to express his considered thoughts. It does suffer from this: quite the opposite, the combination of day to day facts with some contemporary opinion is a powerful combination.Read more ›
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