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Broken by Messines in WW1 - The Grandparents I Never Knew

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Commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the Battle of Messines Flanders, Belgium - June 7 to 14 1917
A true story about two young people who met and fell in love- based on the discovery in 2006 of letters written 100 years ago, found in an ornate wooden box, tucked away in a cupboard.
They swore to be true, but Peter and Kate both had dreams they wished to fulfil before
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Paperback, First edition, 248 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by MMS&JWARDLAW.CO.UK LTD
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Eleri Jenkins
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book in a Good reads giveaway. I found the true story of Kate and Peter's lives, told mainly through letters that have survived, to be a very gripping read. On more than one occasion I said to myself just five more minutes of reading but would carry on reading for over an hour. Mark has clearly spent time researching the history of his paternal grandparents life before and during WW1 and also history of that time in general to provide the reader with a better picture of life ...more
Cieran Wee
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i feel that it is a very good book. it really had a lot of details on what was happening during world war 1. i could feel that i was moving back time and could really see how they struggled so much during that time. i honestly feel very bad for them as due to racism they had suffered a lot and died due to it. even till now as of 2020 there are still very bad racism riots like the police man case and the black man in the US. Honestly, i do not understand why there is racism in this world. Afteral ...more
Scott McPherson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This fascinating look into the lives of two people at the turn of the previous century was like a window into history. The author skillfully helps to fill in the gaps as we are transported in time through letters that, amazingly, survived over a century. A world war that took a generation of continued to wreak it's havoc for decades. My own grandfather, whom I never knew also participated in WWI. He served as a dentist, though his story ended differently. I appreciate the efforts of Dr. Wardlaw ...more
Mrs J
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This fascinating true story about two young people is a window into what life was like before and during the First World War. Peter and Kate fell in love, but before settling down they wanted to take advantage of opportunities available to them in 1912.
Peter developed an agricultural seed sowing machine and built a factory to produce it. Kate sailed to New Zealand to work and travel. They would have been reunited in 1914 if the world had not plunged into war.
Their experience of life through the
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Annette
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Broken by Messines, the grandparent I never knew was a Goodreads win.

The book is an attempt to shed light on the family history of the author. Letters were found in 2006 which told the story of Peter and Kate, who met and fell in love pre WW1. They were in love, but also independent. Both wanted to achieve personal goals before settling down. Kate wanted to work and explore New Zealand, Peter wanted to set up a factory making agricultural machinery.

You must admire their dreams, in an age when t
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Emma North
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story about the author's grandparents living through the World War I and the aftermath of the horrendous events that happened. It was lovely to read their letters, and how life was so different back then to what it is now. I can only imagine what author's Grandfather went through on the front line.

What a wonderful and heartfelt story of Grandparents that the author never knew.
Gemma Best
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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**Review includes spoilers**

I was lucky enough to win this book on a Goodreads giveaway and when I first started reading it, I was unsure as to whether or not I was going to enjoy it. I was not sure how interesting the lives of two strangers would be to me. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The story of Peter and Kate Wardlaw told predominately though Peter’s letters really brings alive what life must have been like for young couples torn apart by war.

I am glad that Mark Wardlaw chose
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Richard Jr.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, memoir
A book that best fits into the category of genealogical memoir. In doing his research, Dr. Wardlaw has tried to open up the secrets behind the distant love affair of his grandfather and grandmother, who were engaged for over five years, living on different continents and able to only communicate by letters that often took several months to arrive. It is a story of love that nearly was unrequited and it ends as a tragedy in many ways. Many of the letters are unfortunately stilted in their writing ...more
Mark Wardlaw
Jun 06, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Midwest Book Review Book Watch Vol 16. No5. May 2017
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Critique: An extraordinary, compelling and candid account of two young people whose lives and love were casualties of the horrors and deprivations of a world at war. Author and biographer Mark Wardlaw has done an exemplary and welcome task of bringing the story of his grandparents into print for the benefit of t
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Rachel
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first I found the brackets with PC1A, etc a bit confusing as I didn't realise what they represented. Myself personally would of like them to have been smaller and maybe with a small footnote at the bottom of the page highlighted by perhaps an asterix for what they represented. This however was a small thing and doesn't take away anything from the book, I enjoyed reading the story of Kate and Peter even if it was one-sided. I was hoping for a lovely love story from across the seas that would w ...more
SALLY WHITE
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. What a great book. I really did enjoy the read. A love story that has taken place during the war and all that this implies, especially due to the long distance between two people. Catherine goes to New Zealand to work in a school and her future husband (they do become engaged despite living n different continents) fights in Gallipoli, the Somme and Messines during WW1. The illustrations throughout the book are great and the photographs bring everyone ...more
Jean Vaughan
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found it a privilege to be welcomed to follow this true love story of the author's grandparents. The customs of the era are fascinating and I recommend any person interested in social history to give it a read.
Mark Allen
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Peter Wardlaw met and fell in love with Catherine (Kate) Hay in the heady days before the Great War. The world was open for them to explore and neither forewent the opportunity to squeeze the most out of life. Peter worked hard for an engineering company and set up his own business while Kate sailed to work as a teacher in New Zealand - both remarkable adventures for such young people. Throughout the few years they were apart they wrote to each other, getting engaged by correspondence and keepin ...more
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Born in Edinburgh in 1958, Mark Wardlaw was educated at Edinburgh Academy 1967-76 and studied medicine at Dundee University 1976-82.
Initially Mark studied Pathology with a view to being a Forensic Pathologist, but missing patient contact; he decided on General Practice and trained in Manchester.
After working thirty years in the NHS; the last twenty four as a General Practitioner in Birmingham and
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