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From Home Front to Front Line: As Good as Any Manin Black History Month 2014
From Home Front to Front Line: As Good as Any Man
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Join author Roy Laycock as he introduces you to Arthur Roberts a Black WW1 Soldier who served with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and fought at Passendaele.
“As Good As Any Man” tells his life story from the chance discovery in a Glasgow loft of his diaries, memoirs and memorabilia.
The diary entries – ranging from May 1917 to March 1918 – were written by Arthur Roberts while he served initially with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers before being transferred to Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1917. He details what life was like for him during the First World War, how he survived the Battle of Passchendaele, and how he escaped unscathed when a German shell killed a dozen men round him. Yet Arthur was an otherwise unknown man – what was the rest of his life like?
Now, Morag Miller and Roy Laycock have painstakingly researched Roberts’ life history, filling in the gaps. From his birth in Bristol, to his life in Glasgow and time at the front, they provide here much more than just a war memoir. This is a unique history of one man’s remarkable life. Beautifully illustrated with Roberts’ own accomplished photographs and artwork.
Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Time: 2pm - 3pm (starts promptly)
Venue: People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT – 0141 276 0788
FREE to drop in