Retired journalist Jill Pick will discuss her book, Yorkshire Wolds Soldiers of the Great War, at an evening event at Driffield Library on Monday, 9 July from 7-8pm.
The book, which was mainly researched at the venue, links the course of war, through its first rumblings to the end and beyond, with the experience of soldiers from Driffield and the surrounding villages.
Using military histories and war diaries, Jill has matched the Letters from the Front, as printed in the Driffield Times, to the campaigns in which the men fought, and sometimes died. The letters from soldiers, commanding officers, padres and nurses reflect the stoicism, courage and great good humour of those who served. Understanding the significance of those letters, the recipients shared them with the readers of their local paper, often relying on village correspondents to submit them.
Local names abound – many of which are still reflected in the Driffield and area community today – Berriman, Duggleby, Hairsine, Pattison, Robson, Sawdon, Ullyott, and many, many more.
The event is free to attend; simply book in with the staff at Driffield Library or call 01482 393939. The books, which cost £9.50, will be on sale on the night. Meanwhile, they can be purchased at various local outlets.