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Percy: A Story of 1918 with Peter Doyle and Tim Godden

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Bury Saint Edmunds

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Renowned military historian Peter Doyle tells the story of how he turned a number of old letters found in a flea market into an engaging and charming book for young people, illustrated by Tim Godden, about an 18 year old British Soldier in the final stages of the First World War.


One day, a small bundle of letters was found in a flea market. Kept together for one hundred years, these few letters tell of one teenage boy, Percy, and his girl, Kitty. This is a story of 1918, and of young people caught up in war, and of the war itself. It is a true story. Percy Edwards was conscripted into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1918. Trained at Sniggery Camp near Liverpool, he was sent to the front, aged just 18. Percy's letters were few and his words sparse and immature, but they are very powerful. Tragically, he was to die of his wounds three weeks after his arrival.


The talk coincides with the opening of 'Illustrating the Great War’, an exhibition featuring the work of Tim Godden.


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