A Signaller’s War
For anyone with a relative who fought in the First World War, this is a fascinating read that you will find hard to put down. Signaller Lawrence Ellis kept a diary of his experiences, from the day he joined up to the end of the hostilities and his demob back in to civvie street. All of his entries were accompanied with wonderful, yet crude and child-like, drawings that give an insight to what went on in the trenches and behind the lines.
The diary is written in Lawrence's own words with supporting text added by David Langley, who discovered this collection by chance.
It's wonderful to read of this young boy’s strength and the humour he finds even among the horrors of war. The diary gives an unsanitised snapshot of this time in history. One of the most disturbing accounts records the punishment soldiers received when they fell asleep at their posts and were given "Number One Field Punishment", where they were strapped to a gun wheel for two hours a day. Lawrence not only describes it but includes a sketch of this inhumane punishment. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.