The Gregory Journal
Genre: WW1 / Historical
WW1. Personal diary of Private William Gregory of the 25th Battalion Nova Scotia Regiment.
William Gregory was a Lancashire coal miner who emigrated to Canada early 1900s. He was conscripted into the 185th Bn Nova Scotia Regiment and served in France where now with the 25th Bn he took part in the Battle for Hill 70 in August 1917.
A really good short story, bringing personal thoughts of a WW1 soldier to life. Born in Lancashire but serving with a Canadian regiment adds an interesting twist to the story. Each individuals experiences will be different and in this anniversary year of the start of the 1st World War we all need reminding of the sacrifices made by soldiers and their families.
A clever account of the build up and anticipation of what fighting at the front in the trenches meant to ordinary men like William Gregory. The diary entries are evocative and tinglingly real. A little gem worth reading even just for the twist at the end; brilliantly crafted.