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In Good Company (Hardback)

The First World War Letters and Diaries of The Hon William Fraser Gordon, Highlanders

WWI Military Biography Ypres Arras Cambrai Passchendaele 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Great War Memoirs

By The Hon William Fraser, Edited by David Fraser
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9781473827332
Published: 21st November 2016

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In Good Company is a graphic account by the Hon. William Fraser, Gordon Highlanders, of his service in the First World War. Several times wounded, he went to Flanders in 1914 with the 2nd Battalion and commanded successively a platoon, a company, a Territorial battalion and a Regular battalion, ending the war as a lieutenant-colonel of twenty-eight, having survived the battles of First, Second and Third Ypres, Arras, Cambrai and the final triumphs of 1918.

Fraser's letters and diaries from the front, which compose this absorbing book, were edited by his son, General Sir David Fraser, soldier, biographer, historian, novelist. They provide a vivid, often highly critical and virtually unbroken account of those extraordinary days, seen through the eyes of a young Highland office. In Good Company gives a remarkable insight into some of the most terrible and challenging years of the Army's life.

The book gives account of the death of his older brother at First Ypres whom William had the task of burying as well as accounts of the destruction of the family home by fire.  Equally the book provides great background and contextualisation of the trenches including detail on the superior German trenches, as well as the death of. friend.  Through all of this we obtain a feel for William's personality and character, not least through the touching letters home to his father and mother.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

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