A Very Unimportant Officer

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The extraordinary letters and diaries of Captain Alexander Stewart, who served during the First World War, edited by his grandson, Cameron Stewart. This book is a vivid and moving picture of trench warfare punctuated with flashes of dark humour.

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Cameron Stewart is Captain Alexander Stewart's grandson. An actor who has worked extensively in UK television and theatre, he can frequently be heard on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.

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His trench diaries show a different aspect of World War I from the usual images of industrial massacre. * Time Out * A vivid account of an infantry officer's war on the Western Front . . . should be required reading for those who really want to understand the war. * Richard Holmes, author of Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front * something unusual and fresh on the subject of the Great War . . . edited sympathetically and unobtrusively by his grandson. * The Times * The immediacy, candour and sheer literary merit of his journals make this an important new source for the Great War . . . a very remarkable man. * Evening Standard *

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