Poetry from the Trenches of the Sherwood Foresters 1914-18, edited by C. Housley
Book published by Miliquest, 106 pages. Paperback (N5251P1)
From the rear side cover: This publication contains a selection of poems, written by officers and soldiers of the Sherwood Foresters when serving in France and Belgium between 1914 and 1918. Many were written whilst actually in the front line trenches, others when in a rest area behind the lines, or when in hospital recovering from wounds received.
Most have been taken from the archives of the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum collection. A number of them were originally printed in the 12th Battalion Newspaper "The Wipers Times" between 1916 and 1918, and some of these are included.
The poetry, in almost every case gives graphic information as to what life was like for the men serving in the trenches in France and Belgium during this period and of their thoughts at the time of writing.
There is also a strong sense of humour running through much of what was written and this gives the reader a taste of the personality of the author of the piece, many of which are unknown.
With the 2014 commemorations upon us, what better way to remember what these men did for mankind. They suffered untold misery, discomfort, injury and even death. They were in the first instance poorly trained and ill equipped. Many thousands of them being Territorial's or having enlisted in a Service Battalion under one or other of Lord Kitcheners Schemes. They all gave of their best and never lost that wit which is known world wide as being "so British".
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, with only very light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.