A Boy from Botwood: Uncovering a World War I Hero’s Untold Story

We are excited to announce the release of the latest Tagona Press book, “A Boy from Botwood: Pte. A.W. Manuel, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1914-1919”. This remarkable memoir takes you on an emotional journey through the life of Arthur Manuel, an 83-year-old World War I veteran who had never spoken about his wartime experiences until now.

Rediscovered by his grandson David Manuel in 2011, Arthur’s story is brought back to life, revealing the gripping account of a young man determined to escape his impoverished rural Newfoundland life. Enlisting with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in late 1914, he shares his harrowing accounts of life under fire, from the Allies’ ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign to the Regiment’s near-destruction at Beaumont-Hamel in 1916, and his capture at Passchendaele in 1917.

Arthur’s 17-month prisoner of war experience, including his daring escape attempt from a German forced labor camp, offers unique and compelling insights into the Great War. This book, edited by Bryan Davies and Andrew Traficante, gives us an intimate look into the life of a brave and resilient soldier whose story was nearly lost to history.

As you read “A Boy from Botwood”, you’ll be transported back in time to a world where young men faced unimaginable hardships and demonstrated extraordinary courage. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about Arthur Manuel’s incredible journey and the untold stories of countless other heroes of the First World War.

Get your copy of “A Boy from Botwood: Pte. A.W. Manuel, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1914-1919” today, and immerse yourself in the moving story of a true hero. #TagonaPress #ABoyFromBotwood #WorldWarI #RoyalNewfoundlandRegiment

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