Thursday, March 19, 2015

Eventual Poppy Day

By: Libby Hathorn
Location: FIC HAT
Genre : WWI

This is the time of year I get goosebumps and it is not because of the change of weather either. It is getting very close to our official 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli.
Last year I did a stack of research on the boys from our school who died in WWI. Boys that wore our school uniform and lived in our houses in our streets- who are now buried on foreign soil in no mans land.
Can anyone- anyone tell me one good reason why WWI happened?
Can anyone tell me why so many of our boys had to die such lonely, ugly, cold and violent deaths- they were honorable but the war around them was not.
I look at the 18 year old lads that walk into my office and it gives me goosebumps!
This story is about two boys- who are 18. Maurice who is serving in the great war and Oliver- who is Maurice's great-great nephew.
Oliver is facing his own battles- against himself and his difficult family situations.
He is given his Uncles war diary, which tells his Uncle's story of the Western Front and has gritty poetry from the war classics snuck in, this gives Oliver a mind shift on what matters and it changes the way he sees the world. It gives Oliver the courage to face his doubts and his darkest of times.

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