'Yet Another Glorious Day' - Now available on eBay and Amazon

'Yet Another Glorious Day' is 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. Alexander had been a member of U (University) Company prior to the War and, like most of his fellow students and academics, he volunteered for overseas service in August 1914.

The 51st Highland Division undertook pre-deployment training in Bedford, where U Company ceased to exist when it was merged into D Company, which had originally comprised senior pupils from Aberdeen Grammar School and Robert Gordon's College.

This transcript of Private Rule's personal diary shows how his 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.

'Yet Another Glorious Day' enhances the transcript of the diary with accompanying illustrated notes, explanations and analysis and it 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 East of Scotland.

The book is now available at a cost of £15.99 + £2.80 per copy p&p. Copies can be reserved by contacting Graham Shanks.

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