For­got­ten war tales

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE IN PICTURES -

THE for­got­ten voices of the Great War were heard thanks to a church event.

Stephen Hathrill gave a talk en­ti­tled For­got­ten Voices of the Great War on Novem­ber 8.

Mr Hathrill’s grand­fa­ther, who served as a stretcher bearer dur­ing the First World War, left a jour­nal record­ing the events of his jour­ney from Eng­land to join Bri­tish troops in Alexan­dria in 1917.

Mr Hathrill, who came into pos­ses­sion of the jour­nal only re­cently, pre­sented ex­tracts to the Men’s Break­fast at the United Re­formed Church, in Ayles­bury End.

John Hoar, who at­tended, said: “They were a light-hearted ac­count of cross­ing France and Italy in a cat­tle truck, suf­fer­ing the vi­cis­si­tudes of army or­gan­i­sa­tion and en­joy­ing the in­ter­ac­tions with the lo­cals met along the way.”

Mr Hathrill also read about a Cana­dian ser­vice­man who wrote a poem in the au­to­graph book of a VAD nurse he met while in hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool.

Ann Gray, the nurse’s daugh­ter, still has the au­to­graph book and made it avail­able to Mr Hathrill.

Noth­ing more is known about the au­thor.

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