Temporary Heroes

Temporary Heroes

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Temporary Heroes

Lieutenant Norman Cecil Down




Author:Richard van Emden
Language:English
Format:Paperback
Dimensions:6.1" x 9.1"
Pages:256
Publisher:Pen and Sword Military
ISBN:9781399074667
Item No. 9781399074667



This is a short book based on the letters written between 1915 and 1916 by an officer serving with the 1/4th Gordon Highlanders. Second Lieutenant Down wrote regularly to his girlfriend/fianc� throughout his time in France, letters which were published in 1917 after he was wounded and discharged from the army.Norman Cecil Down is a superb writer, but more than that he has a natural wit that translates easily to the page, making this one enjoyable read.The author Richard van Emden chose this book because it is so different from anything else he has read. Norman Cecil Down captures life in France with great accuracy while remaining steadfastly upbeat and humorous. Nevertheless, there are moments when he is serious, and that makes his words poignant and attention-grabbing.Norman went to France in February 1915, serving continuously until July 1916. He died on 14 March 1984 aged 91.