The Road to St. Julien - The Letters of a Stretcher Bearer from the Great War, by William St. Clair
Published by Pen & Sword in 2004, 240 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4020)
Brand New Book
From the front inside fly leaf: William St Clair is perhaps the only soldier to have left a continuous account of his experiences day by day from the moment of joining up in 1914, through the years of horror in the trenches, to the march into Germany in December 1918 and the long aftermath of trying to make sense of what had happened.
A private in the medical corps, St Clair wrote daily letters often scribbled under fire, and were sent in the green envelopes that were exempt from censorship. They tell of the famous battles of Loos, the Somme, and Passchendaele, and they speak too, of aspirations, of conversations, of literature and of love. Published for the first time, these raw, truthful, and deeply moving letters give us what we have not properly had before, the voice of an ordinary soldier who is also a wonderful writer....