Monthly Archives: August 2014

“A very dear polite old South African regular”

Unknown Warriors, the sequel to The Anonymous Diary of a Nursing Sister is out.  And the nurse is no longer anonymous. You can read about my attempts to identify her here. I’d pre-ordered the book, and received my copy today. … Continue reading

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Cape Town, August 1914

On the outbreak of war, 100 years ago,  two budding poets, Julian Grenfell (1888–1915) and Isaac Rosenberg (1890–1918), were in South Africa. Grenfell, a professional soldier, welcomed the news, regarding war as “like a big picnic without the objectivelessness of a … Continue reading

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