I was introduced to World War One poetry in the early 60s by my then English Literature teacher Mr David John, who is sadly now deceased. Mr John was a young teacher at the time, with new ways of getting students to enjoy literature through history, hence the First World War. He introduced us to the war poets like Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke, amongst others. Mr John made our lessons interesting and many of us questioned the futility of the war, even though we were so young.
I left school at sixteen and then began my working career and later married life, so I didnt do anything with regard to poetry, however I still took an interest in World War One documentaries.
It wasnt until I retired that I toyed with the idea of writing war poetry.
I wrote my first war poem at the beginning of 2016, entitled War Horse and my writing has just developed from there, resulting in the publication of this book.
We must never forget the sacrifices that were made in this war of all wars, on both sides. Many young men thought it was just a game of war, how wrong they were. I hope the book does justice to those who fought and survived and those who sadly never returned to their families, many of whom are buried in far foreign fields.
May they all Rest In Peace.