To War With the Walkers
Three Soldiers, the War Bride, the Nurse and a Doctor: One Family's Extraordinary Story of Survival in the Second World War
By Annabel Venning
The miraculous story of the Walkers, six siblings who survived Blitz, battle and internment and whose incredible experiences tell a new social history of WW2, told by historian and Walker descendant Annabel Venning.
'We were one of those lucky families. Six of us and we all survived the war. And yet one knew of other families who lost all of their children.' Ruth Walker
This is the story of the Walkers, six siblings (including the author's grandfather) who survived Blitz, battle and internment and lived to tell the tale. This ordinary family's extraordinary experiences combine to tell a new social history of World War Two.
Harold was a trainee surgeon who spent a week in a coma after St Thomas's Hospital was bombed in the Blitz, burying him under the rubble. Glamorous Bee married an American airman and was widowed just weeks before the end of the war. Peter suffered terrible torture as a Japanese POW. Edward fought with 1 Jaipur Infantry against the Germans in Italy. Ruth worked on a plastic surgery ward, helping to construct skin grafts on severely burned servicemen. And Walter fought with the 8th Gurkhas against the Japanese in Burma.
Together, the stories of these ordinary yet extraordinary siblings tell the story of WW2 from the home front to Italy, Burma, Malaya and Thailand.
Annabel Venning was born in Hong Kong in 1973 and, as an army daughter, lived in eighteen houses in as many years, in Asia, Germany and Britain. Having studied History and Politics at Durham University she went on to become a journalist writing for the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. She lives in Wiltshire, and is married to the author Guy Walters.
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05 Sep 2019
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Hodder & Stoughton