My Dear Daisy

Letters to Fulham from the Front

by Karen Stocker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 20/02/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 302
ISBN : 9781524596408
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 302
ISBN : 9781524596415

About the Book

William Stocker was born in 1892 and, like most men of his generation, served in the First World War. After he died, his family found some three hundred letters written to his fiancée. They present a narrative that will interest specialists in military and social history and also the general reader, particularly at this time of hundredth anniversaries. Their appeal comes from the immediacy of Will's voice. The content varies from the horrors he has seen to the triviality of needing his razors sharpened. We see his increasing discontent and how he is buoyed by his faith and hopes for the future.

The letters are supported by nearly forty illustrations, original poems, family recollections, other papers, and a tape recording made in 1989. Will's is an authentic, and hitherto unknown, voice from one of the most significant and cataclysmic events of the twentieth century.

The letters have been transcribed; events, people, and places identified; and the background to what Will writes has been related to what is happening both in his immediate situation and the wider world.

About the Author

Karen Stocker is William and Daisy Stocker’s granddaughter. She is an ex-army nurse and midwife with an interest in historical dance, costume and cookery. She knits, sews, cooks and sometimes helps her tree-surgeon husband with his work. She lives in Sussex with her husband, too many books and a bossy cat.