The Great War: Recommended Reading

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Jun 30, 2016 2:34 PM
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This province's involvement in World War One was so extraordinary it has inspired a wealth of non-fiction and fiction, from memoirs to romances to pictorials. Here is Downhome’s recommended reading list by local authors and publishers. 


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By Gary F. Browne
A look at the short lives of young boys who served in WWI




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By David Macfarlane
Macfarlane chronicles his mother’s family as it intersects with major moments in Newfoundland history, including the First World War.






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By John Gallishaw
Gallishaw chronicles his time as a student at Harvard and deciding to head home to Newfoundland to enlist and serve in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.





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By Melanie Martin
A fictional romance set in WWI, about a Newfoundland boy who goes overseas in the name of duty and the girl who follows him into war in the name of love.






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By Linda Abbott
In this historical fiction, the hero - RNR soldier Ron Marrie - is a character inspired by the author’s real grandfather. The novel follows Ron’s journey through the war, including the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.






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By Sydney Frost
This memoir is the most complete account of the First World War by any member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.





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By Gary Browne and Darrin McGrath
The story of Thomas Nangle, a chaplain in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI. He championed the creation of the National War Memorial in St. John’s and the Caribou monument parks on the battlefields of Europe.





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By A.J. Stacey and Jean Edwards Stacey
The personal notes of Anthony James Stacey, one of the First 500 in the Newfoundland Regiment, are put into context in a history of the war he served in.





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By Hilda Morrow and Steve Bartlett
Leonard Stick is recognized as the first soldier to enlist in the Newfoundland Regiment when WWI broke out. After the war he continued his career of public service in the Newfoundland Rangers and later, politics.






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By Nigel Cave
After the war, the Dominion of Newfoundland purchased what would be known as Newfoundland Park, the land around the battle of Beaumont Hamel. This guide book explores the park and the significance of its history.






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By Frank Gogos
A history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, including more than 400 photos







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By Richard Cramm
The stories behind the men who made up the famous First Five Hundred






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By Cabot Quilters’ Guild
A collection of photos of quilts that commemorate the Newfoundland soldiers of WWI




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By Jenny Higgins
The stories of sacrifice and courage of the Newfoundlanders who enlisted and would go to Europe to fight in the Great War



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By Earl B. Pilgrim
The story of a young Inuit hunter who was recruited as a soldier for the Newfoundland Regiment






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In the Field

By Joan Sullivan
A non-fiction story about a son’s death during WWI and the impact it had on his family back home and decades on





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By Michael Winter
Acclaimed author traces his emotional, philosophical journey to pivotal WWI battlefields atop the road ridden by Regimental soldiers a century before.






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By Christopher J. A. Morry
The memoirs Howard Morry left behind on his time in the Newfoundland Regiment and his survival at the Somme