By Ian Ronayne
If the 1st global struggle had now not occurred whilst it did, Channel Islander Clarence Ahier could possibly have led a in general unremarkable lifestyles. however it did, and in October 1915, elderly simply 23-years-old, Clarence left his domestic and volunteered to affix the British military. He may spend the following and part years serving as an artillery guy at the Western Front.
Now this in itself isn't striking - hundreds of thousands of alternative younger males did an identical factor. yet Clarence Ahier did do anything striking, and it was once whatever to set him out from just about all his contemporaries. From the very starting of his time on the entrance, he wrote a photo and relocating account of his reviews of war.
Clarence’s final plans for his meticulously written magazine are unknown. yet having lain disregarded for years, it was once lately found in a suite of dusty ephemera passed to an area heritage society.
The whole magazine includes round 25,000 phrases, with a spotlight on Clarence’s event through the conflict of the Somme, within the combating round Ypres, and, after he used to be wounded for the second one time, the adventure to India and his time there as a member of the garrison. this can be supported through extra explanatory textual content.
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A Gunner's Great War: An Artilleryman's Experience From The Somme To The Subcontinent by Ian Ronayne