Stars put a brave face on a tragic event

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

The ex­tra­or­di­nary tales of or­di­nary peo­ple whose lives were trans­formed dur­ing the First World War con­tin­ues with the real-life sto­ries of Alan Lloyd. In this sec­ond episode, he has swapped life with his new wife and baby son for the bat­tle­fields ofYpres and the Somme. The show also ex­plores war on the Home Front – through the diaries of celebrity cook and restau­ra­teur Hal­lie Miles, and suf­fragette Kate Parry Frye. Per­haps most mem­o­rable of all is the ex­tra­or­di­nary brav­ery of sol­dier Reg Evans. Aged 25, he en­listed in the Ter­ri­to­rial Army in 1913; served with the Hert­ford­shire Reg­i­ment in France from 1914, and was se­ri­ously wounded in 1916, when a gun­shot wound cost him most of his jaw. In this drama­tised episode, he un­der­goes pi­o­neer­ing plas­tic surgery. One woman who has been in­te­gral to the se­ries is Pamela Ar­mitage Camp­bell, the au­thor of new e-book Reg Evans DCM – A Hero's War in His Own Words. She also hap­pens to be his daugh­ter. Reg’s story is wor­thy of any big screen biopic, so if the chance arose, who does she think should play him? “I don’t know these things, and be­cause I was so young I’ve only re­ally got his pho­to­graphs to go by,” ex­plains Pamela, 81. “The only other person alive that I do know who would know is my cousin, who is 99. I spoke to her the other night and she said, ‘Oh I don’t think I’ll watch it ( The GreatWar:The Peo­ple's Story, Sun­day, ITV, 9pm), be­cause the young man doesn’t look any­thing like Reg.” Pamela ex­plained it would be im­pos­si­ble for her to tell the show’s pro­duc­ers who did look like him, and who did sound like him be­cause she was a young girl when he died and could not re­mem­ber his voice. “She (Pamela’s cousin) said, ‘Oh it was a much more re­fined Lon­don ac­cent than Daniel (Mays), who’s por­tray­ing him’. “I said, ‘Well that’s as maybe when he was at home, but you have no idea re­ally… he would prob­a­bly just have taken on the ac­cent of the men he was with. “In those days you were ei­ther posh or you were a worker; the class sys­tem was such, and if your ac­cent gave you away that you were a toff then he wouldn’t have had the con­fi­dence of the men he was with and try­ing to get the best from.” Hav­ing tran­scribed Reg’s as­sorted notes and let­ters, it gave Pamela a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of her dad, and mother.

Brought to life Matthew McNulty stars as Alan Lloyd

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