Twelve Days on the Somme – A Memoir of the Trenches

Twelve Days on the Somme – A Memoir of the Trenches, 1916 written by Sidney Rogerson and published by Pen and Sword Books – £13.99 – Softcover – Pages 172

The Battle of the Somme is one of the most written about events in British history. An event where so many things seemed to go wrong and so many lives were lost has caused much debate ever since. Whilst historians can debate back and forth, here we have in this little book is the diary of Sidney Rogerson, a young soldier who served as an officer for the West Yorkshire Second Battalion. He tells the story or life of an officer serving for twelve in The Somme, the book is excellent and not full of gung-ho fighting, it’s actually a lot about the mundane business of surviving in the muddy trenches, the food, conditions, the senseless killing and also boredom. But in a strange way humour shines out and even some optimism, you even had a bit class system thrown in too, even in the trenches.

This book was very well written, it was clear and balance about life on The Somme for those days. It is gritty and realistic, this book really does give a true account of what the soldiers had to go through both light hearted and painful. I really did enjoy this book but this could be because it’s my favourite style of writing. I actually look forward to reading this book again and would recommend it to others.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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