A Prayer for Gallipoli - The Great War Diaries of Chaplain Kenneth Best, edited by Gavin Roynon
Published by Simon & Schuster in 2011, 294 pages. Paperback (N5635)
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From the rear side cover: During the First World War, many chaplains were not permitted near the Front, but Padre Kenneth Best insisted on accompanying his troops during the Allied invasion of Turkey. Thrust into the maelstrom of Gallipoli, he built up morale, tended the wounded and buried the dead.
As the toll of casualties rose ever higher, Best became increasingly critical of the British Higher Command, few of whom shared his insights into the horrors of trench warfare. The gallantry and indomitable spirit of the men shines through the pages of these extraordinary diaries and makes for a candid and compelling account of this notoriously flawed and tragic campaign.