Bri­tish Le­gion gets cash boost after book sign­ing do­na­tions

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

POYN­TON Royal Bri­tish Le­gion has been given a boost thanks to the fam­ily of a English­woman who lived be­hind en­emy lines dur­ing the First World War.

The branch re­ceived a cheque from rel­a­tives of An­nie Droege, whose story was made into a book.

Di­ary Of An­nie’s War Ex­tended Edi­tion by best-sell­ing au­thor Rev GP Tay­lor and jour­nal­ist Charles Yates tells the story of housewife An­nie who fled her house ar­rest in a Ger­man gar­ri­son town to be re­united with her in­terned hus­band Arthur.

The money was col­lected dur­ing book sign­ings around the re­gion.

A cheque was handed to Poyn­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion branch chair­man Pa­trick Bai­ley. An­nie’s great nephew Mark Drum­mond Rigg, who tran­scribed her hand­writ­ten di­ary in a year-long labour of love, said: “We were very keen to make a do­na­tion to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion as my Great Aunt An­nie was a truly car­ing per­son and would want to support their char­i­ta­ble work. I don’t think any­one ever thought when An­nie wrote it that a New York Times best-sell­ing au­thor would be adding the fin­ish­ing touches a cen­tury later.”

Di­ary of An­nie’s War Ex­tended Edi­tion 2014 pub­lished by Grosvenor House Pub­lish­ing £10.99 avail­able on­line and in book stores.

●● Mark Drum­mond Rigg and Poyn­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion branch chair­man Pa­trick Bai­ley

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