Our Journey started with a visit to the Uttoxeter War memorial to see the name of Alan's Great Uncle, Edward James. Delving into the family history allowed us to bring Edward ‘back to life’. This, led us to the inevitable question, could we do the same for all the other names on the War Memorial?
The first edition of this book was published in 2014 to much acclaim. This Centenary edition is released to coincide with the addition of 3 new panels to the Uttoxeter War Memorial in the centenary year of the armistice.
This Centenary edition has been expanded to include information gathered since the first publication. We have added colour illustrations, more photographs of the battlefields as they are today and more contemporary illustrations which vividly bring to life the conditions of the time.
This extra contents helps us take a further step in our aim to bring the people who made the ultimate sacrifice ‘back to life’.
We hope this new edition brings a better understanding of the generation of Uttoxeter men (and woman) whose lives were so cruelly cut short by the First World War. More than anything we hope this book will help you see the War memorial through the eyes of those who built it:
A memorial for the people they loved and respected.
This is the story of Sydney Harrison, a young country lad conscripted into the British Army in 1916.
His story is told through the letters he sent home to his parents, lovingly preserved by his family.
Through his letters we follow his progress from the training camp at Brocton through to his posting on the Western Front and his death in 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.
During this short period Sydney grew from an immature teenager to a thoughtful adult, yet he died at the age of 19.
Finally we experience the heartache of his parents through the letters written by his mother when trying to find out what had happened to Sid.
Reviews from Amazon
“This book will pull you in emotionally and let you live through the family’s lives”
“A moving and thought provoking read. Highly recommend”