This is Raymond Swaine, my Grandad. This is not his story but from research I discovered many interesting facts I was able to use in the novel.
Lochnagar crater was formed from an underground mine exposion on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme
This is Lochnagar July 1916. www.lochnagarcrater.org maintain it as a site of commemoration. Thanks to Georges Vandenbulke for the image
Thousands lost their lives and 72,000 bodies were never recovered. They are remembered on Thiepval memorial
What happened in the bluebell wood changed Delphi's life forever
Baked with care and sent with love to the troops in France by those relatives and lovers left behind in the UK
A fumsup charm given by Rose to Michael to keep him safe in the trenches of France
Different styles of fumsup given to soldiers during war-time.. The one on the right dates from WW2 and was instigated for the 'call-up' by Churchill
Joan Hessayon Award finalist 2016
Graduation from New Writers' Scheme
Leicester writers' chapter meets monthly. Great support for writing matters and plenty of fun and friendship
The annual members' conference at Oxford. Workshops, talks and 1-1s with industry professionals all support the processand improvement of writing.
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