WAR ON TWO WHEELS - A DIARY OF OVERSEAS SERVICE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, FRANCE 1915-1918. DAVID WINDER SMALL - ROYAL ENGINEERS SIGNALS.

PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION A friend remarked of the first edition of War on Two Wheels that it was like throwing a pebble in a pond an idea that pleased me gready as no book factor fiction actually ends on the last page there is always more to tell and I am delighted to take this opportunity to add what additional information is available at present. One of the first happenings following publication of the first edition was this review from the guru of First World War websites Chris Baker who owns the site: www.1914-1918.net more commonly known by aficionados as The Long Long Trail I am most grateful to Chris for his kind comments and permission to reproduce the review here:“ I am indebted to the author Felicity jane Laws for sending me a copy of one of the most interesting soldiers memoirs or diaries that I have read for a longtime. The book is based on a well-observed diary kept by her uncle David Winder Small illustrated by many documents and photographs from the family collection. One of the factors that makes this diary standout is that David Winder Small served as a motorcycle despatch rider of the Royal Engineers Signal Service in the Signals Company of the 20th (Light) Division. As such his war is not spent in the front line trenches but in the vital job of taking messages from Divisional HQ to the brigades and units behind the lines. There are times when he is obliged togo to signals detachments in the front and support lines too, and inevitably he loses comrades inaction. David and the Division spent much time in the Flanders sector taking him to Ypres Poperinghe Hazebrouck and many of the villages th a twill be well known to readers of this site. His diary offers a valuble insight not only into the working of the Signals Section and the ‘DRs but of how a Division and all of its constituent parts actually functioned. In 1916 he sustained a minor wound but problems developed leading to him being evacuated home for hospital treatment. IOn August 1917 he was commissioned as an officer theREof and returned to France in October 1917. he served thereafter with 12th and 24th Divisions, principally in the artillery signals and on various other attachments. At busy times his diary is reduced to notes but for all that they retain a cheerful and fascinating character. As luck would have it he was evacuated home with blood poisoning just before the Armistice. The author has illustrated the work with copies of many of Davids wartime documents (maps, orders notes and postcards) and ends with a series of photographs of his postwar life. Avery nicely produced and worthwhile work.”
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