Memoirs of a Dunmow solider turned into a book

10:01 03 July 2014

Steve Schorah with Alfred Walsh

Steve Schorah with Alfred Walsh's memoirs from the First World War

Archant

The heroic tales of a Dunmow soldier who fought in the First World War have been turned into a book.

The memoirs of Alfred Bernard Walsh, who was born in a cottage in the town, in 1893, have been published by the Historical Society – 34 years after his death and 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War.

His granddaughter, Linda Lucas, passed them to Steve and Pat Schorah after she saw the pictures of soldiers in the Dunmow Broadcast.

Steve, society vice-chairman, said: “It was probably a month or so after the Broadcast started publishing the photographs of the First World War soldiers when Linda got in touch. She asked if we would be interested and obviously we jumped at the chance.

“This book helps us remember why the soldiers gave their lives and it is a real insight into what life was like.”

The book is filled with stories from the war, as well as his marriage to Gertie and his life in Uttlesford after war ended.

There are plenty of Dunmow connections in the book, including when Alfred met the Rev Noel Mellish, while at the front. Unknown to Alfred at the time, Mr Mellish would become Vicar of Dunmow and receive a Victoria Cross.

The book can be bought at the Dunmow Museum for £3.50 – 50p of each copy sold will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Audley End House, which was hosting the Antiques Roadshow on Thursday, May 26

Thousands of people descended on Audley End House today (May 26) with their treasured objects to show the team of experts from the Antiques Roadshow.

Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow are at Audley End today

The long wait for fans of the Antiques Roadshow is finally over as the BBC programme visits Audley End House today (May 26).

Yesterday, 10:19
Milan Milovanovic

New mayor for Great Dunmow Town Council Milan Milovanovic took office at a civic service last Thursday (May 12) and has wasted no time getting stuck in to his first few official engagements.

Tue, 09:38
Felsted Prep with Sarah Brook

Felsted Preparatory School pupils have raised £1,800 to help feed and look after children in an orphanage in Malawi.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up