The WW1 Diaries of Private Walter Willetts 1/7 Worcesters


An image of Walter is shown here together with his son Bill.  Some of the diaries that Wilden resident Walter Willetts kept throughout his war service are still with Bill and the true story presented here is based on those diaries.

Walter spent over a year in the Somme region of France between October 1915 and February 1917. In his diaries he records in a 'matter of fact' way the daily life of a typical front line private: the frequent shelling, raids into no man's land, a stoic acceptance of the death of fellow soldiers often by 'friendly fire', and his personal experiences of many of the horrors that have since been described so often elsewhere.

To read this account of Walter's experiences on the Somme click on the picture or on the LINK below.

Walter Willetts at the Somme in WW1


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