Archie’s letter features in book

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Angus Writers’ Circle member Archie Darroch is celebrating having his letter published in the book ‘Letter To An Unknown Soldier’.

In Paddington Station, London, stands a war memorial featuring a life size bronze statue of a soldier reading a letter. The statue prompted authors Neil Barlett and Kate Pullinger to invite people to write to the soldier.

The result was 21,439 letters arriving from all parts of the world. Contributions came from ordinary folk, serving members of the armed forces, politicians and even the Prime Minister.

As a result of the response it was decided to publish 150 of these letters in a book to mark the centenary of the Great War.

One of the letters was submitted by Archie Darroch, Broughty Ferry, who has been a member of the Angus Writers’ Circle since 2008. His letter was based on research he had done on his family tree. He discovered his paternal grandfather and his great-uncle had both seen service in the Great War, and composed his letter on some of the information he found.