First-hand accounts of the Great War

From the Front
From the Front

Belford Museum has published a small book collating letters sent home to the North East and the Borders from the arena of the First World War and which were originally published in the regional and local press.

In this book, which is funded by a successful Heritage Lottery grant and illustrated with contemporary photographs, readers can find out first-hand from the soldiers what they experienced and how they felt about the awful hand fate had dealt them.

The 13 chapters cover varying aspects of the war from The First Months to the War in the Air and encompassing the Spring Offensive, Gas Attacks, War Horses and the battles of Hooge, Loos and Gallipoli.

The seasons are detailed in Celebrating Christmas and the New Year, Winter Conditions and The Spring Offensive.

Women served as Red Cross nurses or Voluntary Aid nurses and the letters from them detailing the medical care give another perspective to the aftermath of the conflict. A Soldier’s Lot gives incredible details such as making homemade hand grenades out of jam tins.

From the Front costs £4 and can be purchased from Belford Community Shop or by sending a cheque for £5.50 made out to Belford and District Hidden History to Belford Community Shop, 11 High Street, Belford, NE70 7NG.