For World Poetry Day : Bill

On UNESCO World Poetry Day it’s good to be able to highlight a book which takes the Salonika campaign as its theme: Bill, by Richard Devereux. Richard is a Bristol based poet who has been widely published in anthologies and magazines.

This collection of poems tells the story of Richard’s grandfather, Bill Devereux, who enlisted in 1914 ‘…to escape. For adventure’. Described as ‘Private Everyman’, Bill spent three years on the Balkan front in northern Greece with 11/Worcestershire (26th Division), where he was wounded in action. On returning home he married his sweetheart, Charity Burden, and moved to find work in the Black Country.  Themes explored in the book include the interaction between the men and their young officers and a view of Greece in the years immediately following the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Richard describes Bill as “… a warm and generous man, a fine athlete in his youth and the ‘life and soul’ of any social gathering. He could ‘recall long yards of verse’.” So this sounds like the ideal tribute.

Bill was published in December 2016 by The Choir Press and is available from Amazon.

Front cover of 'Bill' by Richard Devereux, a collection of poems about his grandfather who served with the BSF in the Salonika campaign.

 

Back cover of 'Bill' by Richard Devereux, a collection of poems about his grandfather who served with the BSF in the Salonika campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is also World Puppetry Day, but I’ve failed to find anything of relevance to the Salonika campaign!

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal, 'The New Mosquito', a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915-1917, mainly in the Struma valley.

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