My Journey

From mind to paper and back again.

Activity 19.4 – Into Words

on February 19, 2009


Born in France in November 1914, David was brought into a world full of rage and violence. His mother was a bright eyed young woman, who was heavily succumbing to the sombre mood, her eyes constantly heavy and strained. What little food they had went to David as he got bigger. His scrawny body wrapped in the rags of an old dress while she sewed hems and badges onto the uniforms of men and young boys from the local towns, preparing them for the wars about to come.

As the fighting progressed and the local boys stopped sending letters home, a summer and winter passed. The BEF (British Expeditionary Force) were in the area now, taking over houses, villages and communities. The Somme was about to become a battle ground. David and his family were wrapped up warm and they left that house, the place where he was born, forced to move far away, the coming battle destroying the buildings, homes and memories that went with them.

Word count – 167


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