Rhys David Writer and Editor

Rhys David is a former senior writer and editor at the Financial Times and has written extensively  on regional politics and economics, with particular reference to Wales. He is an Honorary Felllow of the Welsh policy forum, the Institute for Welsh Affairs where he was Assistant Director from 2002-2007. A selection of his writings on issues related to Wales can be seen at www.clippings.me/rhysdavid

Tell Mum not to Worry

His new book, Tell Mum Not to Worry, recounts the experiences of a Welsh soldier serving in the Near East in World War One.  The book is based on letters sent by Dewi David to his parents and sister at home in Cardiff. Fully illustrated with contemporary photographs these are set in the context of campaigns that took the writer from Splott to Gallipoli, Egypt, Sinai, Palestine and the eventual seizure of Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks.  

For details of how to purchase the book, (300 pages ISBN 978-0-9930982-0-8) contact the author on rhys.david@btinternet.com

The Letters

The letters that form the basis of the book can be downloaded from this site free by clicking on this   link.

As well as providing a first-hand account of the hardships endured by men of the 53rd (Welsh) Division during four years away from home, including long marches in very difficult country, long periods with the bare minimum of food and water, extreme heat and cold, sandstorms and flooding, flies and mosquitoes - the letters also throw extensive light on contemporary concerns, attitudes and conditions, and on family life, work and leisure in early 20th century Britain.

There are more than 50 letters altogether, arranged by year 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918. The letters are available for use by writers, broadcasters and others interested in the history of this period but permission to quote from them must be obtained from the copyright holder Rhys David.

Email: rhys.david@btinternet.com

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