Donald New was only 18 when he decided to enlist and take his part in the first World War, leaving his parents and siblings to settle on ten acres of land on Galiano Island on the west coast of Canada.
His captivating story is recounted in these letters written from the time of his enlistment until the end of the bloodiest war of all time. It is full of interesting details of the journeys made on crowded ships, trains and marches during blackouts and numerous stories of the experience of trench warfare.
Donald was schooled in French and German and was an enthusiastic member of one of the earliest Scout Troops in Liverpool, England.
This training was ideal for his service with the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders from Vancouver, B.C. as a Signaler and Runner in the trenches of France.
This is a rich social history with many accounts of his family’s circumstances during war privations as well as his feelngs in the participation in the convulsions of the Great War of Civilization
(as it was called) and the bright future he imagined for his adopted home on the west coast of Canada.
Published by One Stone Publishing