Having spoken to the author John Sheen a few years ago when he was talking about writing this book, i sent him some photographs and information on my great uncle Pvt Arthur Coyle 20/386 who served with the Wearside battalion, i had no idea how good a job John would make of this book. The book is really well written and researched easy to read and is full of excellent pictures, a lot from the Battalion photograph album, and lots of individual photographs people have sent to John. This book is a must for anyone with an interest in the DLI and the great war,some great insights into trench raids,and how battalions were put together,training etc. I cannot praise this book highly enough, and would like to thank John Sheen for doing the Battalion proud.
An immaculately researched insight into two of the service battalions of the Durham Light infantry which satisfies on several levels. If you want to read about WW1 in detail and from the viewpoint of one group of soldiers, John Sheen does a wonderful job of bringing in the first hand accounts, letters home, and battalion war diaries, into the wider account of the battalions' movements. For my part it was also a brilliant resource for helping to reseach my family history. Much of what I've managed to do would not have been possible without this book because of the difficulty of getting to Durham and using the county archives for myself. They are written in an accessible style, too, so that they are an easy and interesting read despite presenting an enormous amount of information. John Sheen's books do a great service to the men who fought in the DLI in WW1.