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Shrapnel and Semaphore. A Signaller’s diary from Gallipoli. Compiled Jan Chamberlain. (2001) 2008 1st edition thus. Auckland

Lance Corporal Walter Edmund Leadley, was known as Bill and this diary covered the landing and fighting at Gallipoli, time in hospital with severe dysentery, and the journey to France
He describes the fighting and conditions in detail
He was later wounded at the Somme and lived with a piece of shrapnel in his skull
The author reproduces her grandfather’s diary from WWI.

She includes family and historical details to expand the entries into a very readable and moving book.
Her grandfather, as so many other returned men, did not talk of the War to his family, but he spent his later years at home in NZ helping other returned men through the RSA and Disabled Serviceman’s League

An account of his life at home after the War concludes the book

Old photos including a list of names of men in No 7 Platoon, Canterbury Infantry who went to France with him as their Sergeant Major; old photos of soldiers etc ..

133pp; green/white photos; hard covers; excellent condition; brand new

Text Copyright 2010
Collectible Books, Napier

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