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Chalke Valley History Festival

Really enjoyed our time at the Chalke Valley History Festival – met some great people with lots of family stories about grandfathers, great grandfathers, uncles and great uncles who served in the First World War at Gallipoli and in the Middle East. There are some great photo’s on the festival web site and here: Gino and Sharon Photographs of Chalke Valley History Festival

We were asked to go in WW2 costume so here I am dressed as Rosie the Riveter – great beer at the festival as you can see!

With beer!


Great reviews of the book

Reviews of On That Day I Left My Boyhood Behind, by Norman Woodcock & Susan Burnett

As poignant and brutal as War Horse, an incredible story and a very emotional read. The Daily Mail

An excellent new book. Deeply moving The Yorkshire Post

This memoir is a timely reminder of the sacrifice of servicemen during the First World War. Susan’s compilation of the book is wonderful, the provision of historical context enhances her grandfather’s story. Mr Woodcock’s poignant story is a well written, vivid account of his service. The Hon Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

A unique and absorbing memoir. A fascinating book, giving an eye-witness account of life on the front line in the First World War. It easily stands alongside other great memoirs from WW1. LoveReading

This is a vivid, heartfelt and impressive account of Norman’s sometimes harrowing adventures, with a real-life ‘War Horse’ story threading through it. How wonderful that Susan has been able to bring this story to a wider audience, 100 years on. Family Tree Magazine

The book is more than just a harrowing memoir, it provides never told before insights into a campaign where precious little first-hand account remains. Susan has lovingly compiled her grandfather’s recollections into this book. Somerset County Gazette

A moving report of what actually happened to Norman and the men he served alongside The Dalesman

Norman Woodcock was one of the fortunate few, a survivor of the Gallipoli campaign. Though still a youngster when demobilised, Woodcock had left his boyhood behind in the bloody Gallipoli landing. Military History Monthly

A moving tribute to the man and to the Gallipoli invasion Chepstow Beacon

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