Book Review: Epitaphs of the Great War – Somme

epitaphsEpitaphs of the Great War: The Somme by Sarah Wearne
(Uniform Press, ISBN 978 1 910500 521,132pp, hardback, £10.99)

I have been following the author of this book, Sarah Wearne, for a while on Twitter. She posts interesting and unusual inscriptions from British and Commonwealth wargraves of the Great War. This book is essentially a printed version of this but with a lot more information than it is possible to post on Twitter.

The author has selected a large number of inscriptions that not only give insights into grief and commemoration, but also into the myriad faces and aspects of the Battle of the Somme. In that respect the book makes a good battlefield companion, to carry when on the ground and follow some of those mention in it. It really is an excellent little book which was fascinating to read and the author has put a lot of work into selecting some meaningful inscriptions that help bring alive events a century ago. Recommended.

The book can be purchased via the Publisher’s Website.

Somme Sunsets & The WFA 2014 Calendar

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I have a penchant for taking photographs of sunsets, especially on the Somme Battlefields (such as that above). The huge open landscapes make it particularly suitable for this type of photography, as well as the connection to events there in 1916.

I was therefore very pleased when the Western Front Association contacted me to use a few of my photographs in their new 2014 Calendar which contains photographs of the WW1 battlefields in France and Flanders as they are today. There are some amazing images from people like Andrew Holmes, Steve Smith and Nick Stone, among others.

The WFA is also a registered charity, so buying the Calendar really helps.

It can be ordered via this link.