THE LOVES WE LEFT BEHIND - WORLD WAR 1, CENTENARY COLLECTION – MARGARET TANNER
For my Friday Freebits I thought I would give you the introduction to this special collection of 3 novels all set during World War 1, to mark the centenary of the start of this terrible conflict.
MY INTRODUCTIONStories of my family’s involvement in the 1st World War fired my interest, and after having access to a relative’s diary, it became a passion with me. I read as many books as I could about this terrible conflict then visited the battlefields in
One of my relatives died of wounds in the military hospital in
in 1917. He was a married
man in his thirties, who felt duty bound to fight for the Empire. He left a
wife and two small children behind. Another relative was only twenty one when
he died in the Turkish campaign on Gallipoli in 1915. He was a young adventurer
who wanted to see the world. Rouen, France
I wanted to write about what it would have been like for the wives and sweethearts of men like these. How did they cope if their man came home wounded? Or if he didn’t come home at all? Could they find happiness a second time around?
To mark the centenary of the start of the 1st World War, I thought it an appropriate time to draw attention not only to the brave men who fought, but the loyal women who faced hardship and loss at home.
Red poppies growing inNurtured by a soldier’s blood.
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