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World War One - The Meakin Diaries - Sheffield in the Trenches -bookcover

By: Penny Meakin

World War One - The Meakin Diaries - Sheffield in the Trenches

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In 1915, the newlywed Frank Meakin signed up to the new Sheffield City Battalion and joined the fight for King and Country in the First World War. Although diaries were forbidden during active service, Frank rebelliously and comprehensively kept one throughout his whole service - from 1915 until he was discharged in 1918, 22 days before his Battalion disbanded. Through these diaries we can see the horrors of life on the Western Front first hand; from the Battle of the Somme and its aftermath, to the horrendous conditions in the trenches and the disillusionment of these young soldiers. This is a prosaic and fascinating insight into the Great War through the eyes of a survivor, brought to life 100 years on.

Penny Meakin is originally from the East End of London and now lives and works on the edge of the Peak District in Staffordshire, where she has a passion for gardening, writing, running, philately and dabbles in art; making pictures out of English postage stamps.

She is married with four children and two grandchildren and currently teaches a variety of subjects at a local University, where she has spent twenty happy years entertaining and teaching teenagers.


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