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Two distinct voices

Anglophile Nigel (Dearest Mother) has a strategic and medical view of the war.  Aussie Stephen (My dear Matee) tells his day-to-day story of front-line artillery life, the ravages of dysentery and the trials of artillery officer training at Lord's in London as he progresses to the rank of Lieutenant in the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade.


An overview of 1914-1918

The Boulton brothers' letters to their widowed mother living at Gladesville in Sydney sweep from the outbreak of hostilities in Europe through Egypt and Gallipoli to the Flanders area around Armentieres and Hazebrouck on the Ypres section of the Western Front, to Pozières and other major battles in the Somme Valley, through the struggles of 1918 when Germany nearly won the war, to the final victory on the Beaurevoir Line, to the withdrawal of Australian troops in early October 1918 and onwards to the occupation forces entering Germany in December 1918.


A lesson for us in the practice of gratitude.

Many World War 1 soldiers sent short letters home, or postcards with a few lines scrawled on them but it's rare to find a set of letters like these. The story of the Boulton brothers in the service of their country will stay with you long after you turn the last page.  Six more hours would have changed everything.


A special WW1 book.

This is a unique, primary-source story of World War 1. The author has merely worked out the correct chronologcal order for the letters, researched & added short introductions to some, and inserted the occasional brief footnote where necessary. The brothers' war letters were kept by their mother. In the later 1920s she had them typed and presented a copy to the Australian War Memorial, which promptly requested to hold the originals. In the AWM's large collection, Stephen Boulton's letters were among the first items to be digitised.  


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