Serving in the Prince of Wales Own, Civil Service Rifles Lawrence Attwell was one of the lucky ones, surviving over four years of trench warfare on the Western Front. During that time he had two short periods of leave. In his extraordinary series of letters to his family he graphically recounts what life was like for the ordinary infantry soldier on active duty. We learn of the conditions, the discipline, the courage, the fear and the reactions of the writer and his fellows.
LAURENCE ATTWELL’S LETTERS FROM THE FRONT
Attwell was an acute observer of all around him and exemplifies the sort of articulate, intelligent and sceptical young man who filled the ranks of the Civil Service Rifles in the Great War.