Published: 09th December 2011
:: From Geordie Land to No Mans Land ::
ABF The Soldier's Charity
George Russell Elder
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In writing his 'one and only' book, George Elder, a proud Geordie, detailed many of his experiences endured whilst serving in the British Army during World War 1.
Many of his tales would not have been appreciated by his peers, but they actually happened and would have been recognised by the common soldier.
From Geordie Land to No Mans land was written to inform his family, friends and anyone buying his book of the real life events that occurred.
How an ordinary man survived 4 years in the front line experiencing the horrors of war that most of us could not imagine, enduring many privations such as mud, cold, hunger, thirst and fear of imminent death all around him.
George maintained his spirit by forming a close bond with his fellow Geordies even refusing to be transferred to Hospital in case he could not return to his original unit.
His description of the intensity of shell fire that we have seen in pictures of the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme bring to life how men endured the unendurable, how men lived as animals, how men coped with all the privations of the battlefield.
What he doesn't describe is how he coped with life immediately after the war, when he returned to civilian life.
His post war diary did detail the problems his family faced with sickness and lack of money, but as we are now aware of the post Falklands and the Gulf wars the physiological effects on men is a story in itself.
Coping with ordinary life after 4 years of war living on the edge in fear of imminent death would have been a major issue for George and his family.
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