Forgotten war tales
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.