First World War book compiled using letters from Barnoldswick soldier

First World War book compiled using letters from Barnoldswick soldier

First World War book compiled using letters from Barnoldswick soldier

First published in Pendle Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BOOK exploring the social life of soldiers on the front line in the First World War has been compiled through letters written by a former Barnoldswick man.

Former Barlicker William Whittaker, who served on the front line in North Eastern France during the First World War, wrote 270 letters to his parents in Burnley.

His son, Geoffrey Whittaker, who lives on the Isle of Man, became so inspired after reading them he wrote a book about his father’s experiences.

Somewhere in France, A Tommy’s Guide to Life on the Western Front, was published in June. “It’s rather different than some of the blood and guts stuff you can read about the war,” said Geoffrey.

“This book focuses on the social side – how they ate, how they coped with the language and the landscape.

“Basically, it’s about how they lived,” said Geoffrey. It’s an underlying historical narrative. All the letters were headed ‘Somewhere in France’ which I thought was an appropriate name for the book.

“These letters were all handwritten, in beautiful English, which is amazing for a lad who left school at 14. All were still in their official green military envelopes.”

Geoffrey said his dad was a leading citizen of Barnoldswick for 25 years and was a branch manager in Martins Bank in the town.

William was a private in the First World War but during the Second World War he was commissioned as a major to command Barnoldswick and Earby Home Guard. “He was truly a Captain Mainwaring of Dad’s Army fame,” said Geoffrey, 77, who lived in Barnoldswick for 20 years from the age of three.

The paperback which costs £9.99, can be ordered through any book seller and is available online through Amazon, WH Smith and Kindle.

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8:37pm Mon 25 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN
Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -7

9:50pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN
S-o-o-o-o predictable.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN[/p][/quote]S-o-o-o-o predictable. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 7

10:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN
S-o-o-o-o predictable.
Yes a very boring read, the sort of thing that you would like Oldman.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN[/p][/quote]S-o-o-o-o predictable.[/p][/quote]Yes a very boring read, the sort of thing that you would like Oldman. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

11:29pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN
You don't want to be coming out with that kind of keyboard warrior stuff in the real world Twofer; unless you have an overwhelming desire for the taste of NHS food. You're brave behind that screen but you wouldn't dare come out with that disgusting drivel in public.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN[/p][/quote]You don't want to be coming out with that kind of keyboard warrior stuff in the real world Twofer; unless you have an overwhelming desire for the taste of NHS food. You're brave behind that screen but you wouldn't dare come out with that disgusting drivel in public. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 7

11:47pm Mon 25 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN
You don't want to be coming out with that kind of keyboard warrior stuff in the real world Twofer; unless you have an overwhelming desire for the taste of NHS food. You're brave behind that screen but you wouldn't dare come out with that disgusting drivel in public.
What is disgusting about a book review that says
"sounds like a interesting read"
Then because I am tired because of working hard I YAWN.
You seem to have me all wrong. :))
[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN[/p][/quote]You don't want to be coming out with that kind of keyboard warrior stuff in the real world Twofer; unless you have an overwhelming desire for the taste of NHS food. You're brave behind that screen but you wouldn't dare come out with that disgusting drivel in public.[/p][/quote]What is disgusting about a book review that says "sounds like a interesting read" Then because I am tired because of working hard I YAWN. You seem to have me all wrong. :)) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -5

7:16am Tue 26 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN
You don't want to be coming out with that kind of keyboard warrior stuff in the real world Twofer; unless you have an overwhelming desire for the taste of NHS food. You're brave behind that screen but you wouldn't dare come out with that disgusting drivel in public.
What is disgusting about a book review that says
"sounds like a interesting read"
Then because I am tired because of working hard I YAWN.
You seem to have me all wrong. :))
Oh no, I've got you bang to rights you miserable liar.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a right interesting read. YAWN[/p][/quote]You don't want to be coming out with that kind of keyboard warrior stuff in the real world Twofer; unless you have an overwhelming desire for the taste of NHS food. You're brave behind that screen but you wouldn't dare come out with that disgusting drivel in public.[/p][/quote]What is disgusting about a book review that says "sounds like a interesting read" Then because I am tired because of working hard I YAWN. You seem to have me all wrong. :))[/p][/quote]Oh no, I've got you bang to rights you miserable liar. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 8
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