War Letters From A Young Queenslander


Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)

(4.7 stars; 18 reviews)

Letters from a Brisbane doctor posted to the Western Front from 1914 to December 1915. He tells anecdotes of World War I including stories of "de-lousing" an entire regiment, the precise arrangements of the urine trenches and his eyewitness accounts of the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Ypres and a contemporary comment on the Gallipoli campaign. He describes how the enemy rains shells on the ambulances and the retrievals of the wounded from the trenches at night. This was also a time of great medical advances, so we hear from a participant the fascinating story of some of the first mass Tetanus inoculations, and the series of experiments surrounding the invention of "vermi-jelly", along with the darker stories of the invention and first uses of chlorine gas. This story of an Australian doctor in The Great War is read by another Australian doctor, and comes complete with Australian slang read in an authentic Aussie accent! (Summary by Beth Thomas) (3 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Aldershot 17:02 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Boulogne 13:58 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
The R.A.M.C at Work 11:12 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Connaught Rangers 17:32 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Bathing and Laundry Experiences 8:14 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Neuve Chapelle 8:09 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
With The Highlanders at Ypres 19:48 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Gas: Bane and Antidote 13:56 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Some Lively Incidents 13:39 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Gallipoli and Australian reflections 15:08 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Odd Jottings of a Quiet Week in the Trenches 15:20 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
An Anniversary Review 13:09 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Battle Scenes: All Along The Line 24:05 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Indian Types 18:16 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Farewell to Flanders 12:42 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)

Reviews


(5 stars)

very well read. Great content. BRAVO ZULU. lest we forget.

FROM THE HEART


(5 stars)

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK, REAL STORIES FROM REAL SITUATIONS. I HAVE READ SO MANY WAR STORIES, QUITE DEVASTATING TO REALISE WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH AND STILL KEPT THEIR HUMOUR. I MUST SAY I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED THAT IT HAD BEEN READ BY A MAN, TAKING NOTHING FROM THE READER, BUT IT REALLY NEEDED A MAN'S PERSPECTIVE OF SOMETHING WRITTEN BY A MAN. THAT'S THE ONLY CRITICISM I CAN MAKE. OF COURSE A FEMALE AUTOBIOGRAPHY SHOULD BE READ BY A WOMAN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT JUST BOOKS, THEY ARE DIARIES.

You died too young


(5 stars)

At not even fifty, the flame of your life was snuffed out, but it is not over yet. I will pray that your soul may reach the kingdom of God.

War Letters


(4 stars)

Well narrated and I learned a lot of what the fighting was like in WWI from a doctors stand point! Found it interesting and informative.


(5 stars)

A very interesting and emotional read, reflecting the emotions and social values of the times. And it was very well read.

Most Excellently Read


(5 stars)

Very interesting World War I correspondence.

brilliant; good narration and very interesting


(5 stars)