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Ridley, Sarah: Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War.

Ridley, Sarah

Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

Franklin Watts, 2014, pp96, 7.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 4451 2817 7

This is a book based on the letters written home from the Western Front in the First World War by two brothers, Robert and William Semple, to their sisters at home. Both were officers. Sadly, neither survived the war. William was killed with the King's Royal Rifle Corps during a trench raid just before the Battle of the Somme and Robert, who served with the Royal Field Artillery, died in the Spanish flu epidemic only days before the war ended. The tone of the letters home is mainly light hearted with some entertaining cartoons. The meat of the book is the connecting text by Sarah Ridley which explains the background to the letters. She gives a good introduction to the Western Front and the cartoons and the tone of the letters provide a welcome contrast to the 'mud and blood' content of many books on the war in France and Flanders.

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Author:Harvey, Charles
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Date:Jun 22, 2014
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