By Private S. Bradbury, 15154 Royal Sussex regiment
Published by Gotham and District Local History Society in 2000, 36 pages. A5 size booklet
Private Sidney Bradbury was called up for active service in April 1916. He was 26 years old and married with two small children. There followed two months of initial training in Guernsey, including drills, route marches, trench building, bomb throwing, and of course target practice. After training he was sent to Boulogne and joined the Royal Sussex Regiment. Two weeks after that he was in the front line trenches....
Sidney fought at the Somme, and was later posted to Egypt and Palestine, and throughout it all he kept a tiny diary, noting the events of each day. After the war he used his diary to provide a compelling account of his experiences during the conflict, and this booklet contains his account. It is largely unedited, and Sidney writes in wonderfully strong, vivid language, creating a picture of what it was really like for the ordinary soldier during the war.
This short booklet thus offers a fascinating insight into the experiences of one soldier during the conflict, and is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the First World War
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound