A Blue Puttee at War
|January 16, 2015||Posted by admin under Autobiography, Biography, History|
Sydney Frost (1893-1985) led a very interesting and diverse life. As a young man, he moved from his native Nova Scotia to Newfoundland to work at the Bank of Nova Scotia and became one of the first five-hundred men to voluntarily enlist in the Newfoundland Regimen in 1914 to fight in World War I (WWI). Many Newfoundlanders died during the war. Frost survived and rose in rank from Private all the way up to Captain. He returned to St. John’s at the end of the war in 1919 and resumed working at the Bank of Nova Scotia where he eventually climbed the corporate latter becoming President before retiring.
In his later years, Mr. Frost wrote personal memoirs detailing his time as a banker and soldier. Later, Edward Roberts (with permission from the Frost family) edited and published these memoirs. This book tells Sydney Frost’s story.
This book is exceptionally written and flows well from page to page. It is over 500 pages in length and is separated into five chapters, each addressing a specific event or time period. There are also about 40 pages of black and white photos — many of soldiers Frost met on his journey, but there are also some of the barracks they stayed in, the ship they sailed on, and the fields were battles took place. This is a much appreciated addition to the book as it appeals to readers visually, helps put a face to the name of many of the soldiers mentioned in the book, and serves as a reminder of what soldiers endured during those difficult years at war. A chronology of events, an index and some additional commentary is included at the end. The Blue Puttee is certainly a worthwhile read. It is a very in-depth and comprehensive account of the Royal Newfoundland Regimen’s participation in WWI. Frost provides details of battle locations, living conditions both on and off the battle field, and even gives short biographical commentary on some of the soldiers he befriended during the war years. Frost also shares details about some of decisions made during war relating to the Newfoundland Regimen, about hospital stays of the injured (including his own), and about his letters with family back home. There is no doubt that Frost kept immaculate historical records detailing this very important time in history and Roberts has skill in piecing everything together.
Readers will not be disappointed with this epic account of Newfoundland’s involvement in WWI. So if you are a history buff or are simply interested in learning more about the events of the first world war, this book will definitely satisfy your quest for knowledge.
To learn more or to get your very own copy of A Blue Puttee, visit the publisher’s website here.