Forest Town poet captures horrors of The First World War

A FOREST Town poet inspired by his grandfather’s experiences in the First World War has had his first collection of work published.

Steven Hill, of Heatherley Drive, said he became fascinated with the ‘senseless waste’ of the war as a child and decided to combine his interest with his love of poetry to produce the collection, called Poems of World War One 1914-1918.

Said Mr Hill: “The book was inspired by my interest in the First World War which cam from my grandfather, whom the book is dedicated to.

“He was born in Besston but spent all of his life after the great war in Blidworth and Fishpool (Ravenshead).

“He was in the 10th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, and was both gassed and suffered from shell-shock.

“I thought it would be interesting to write as if I were the soldier and to try and give a feeling to the reader of the hellish conditions which all the soldiers regardless of the country or side, endured.”

The book was picked up by world war book specialist publishers Tommies Guides and is illustrated by Soren Hawkes.

A donation of £1 is made to the Royal British Legion for every book sold.

A second book, titled Tears for the Fallen, 1914-1918, is set to be published in November next year.

Mr Hill has also contributed to a poetry book called Enduring Freedom, which commemorates 10 years of Britain’s military involvement in Afghanistan and raises cash for soldier charity Combat Stress.

The first book is also available visiting www.amazon.co.uk.