Stanley Spencer enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers as a private in 1915 and was commissioned in 1917 and thereafter served with the West Yorkshire Regiment until demobilised in 1919. He saw almost continuous active service from 1915 to the end of the War. he was present at the Battle of the Somme (well described), Montaubon and Vimy Ridge. He was slightly wounded on three occasions and was awarded the Military Cross for his role in a particularly successful trench raid on 1 August 1918. He writes of his experiences in a frank and graphic way.
Stanley Spencer married after the war but, tragically, contracted TB in both his kidneys and was an invalid for the rest of his life. He died in 1943. His granddaughter who has edited this collection lives in East Sussex.