Yet Another Glorious Day

December 11, 2015

Yet Another Glorious Day’ is a new book from author Graham Shanks.

Graham was a CCF Cadet while at school in Aberdeen, joined the OTC at Aberdeen University and was subsequently an officer in the Royal Engineers (V). He is also a former HRFCA NE Committee stalwart.

The book’s title was the most frequent description of the weather given by an eighteen-year old Aberdeen University student in his 1915 diary. For most of that year Alexander Rule from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was a private in D Company, 4th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders, fighting on the Western Front.

The transcript of his personal diary shows how Private Rule’s teenage enthusiasm and excitement at reaching the Front – “Saw a shell bursting for the first time!” – change as the realities of seeing friends killed and the often harsh living conditions sink in. Yet it is not all doom and gloom. Visits to local cafés are numerous, mail arrives regularly, singsongs are frequent and there is tremendous camaraderie.

This book enhances the transcript with accompanying illustrated notes, explanations and analysis and will be of interest to all ages, both those new to accounts of The Great War, as well as to readers who have some knowledge of WWI and the part played in it by the North and East of Scotland.

Cost is £15.99 (+ £2.80 UK postage) and is available by emailing Graham ([email protected]), or through eBay or Amazon.