This book chronicles the experiences of my mother’s brother, Captain Benjamin Chipchase Clayton MC, in the Great War. Ben Clayton was an art teacher from County Durham. He left 40 “Sketches from the Front”, drawn and dated during his 18 months in the Line. The Colonel of his battalion kept a diary, edited and published in 1964 as “General Jack’s Diary”.
The book is about the 236 convicts who were transported aboard the 6th voyage of the convict transport ship ‘Mangles’ to New South Wales in December 1832, none of whom knew what fate had in store for them. It is about who they were, what they did to be transported and what happened to them.
The four decades from early 1910 to the 1950s were arguably the most turbulent times in modern history, as they included two world wars, the Partition of India (in 1947) plus pandemic outbreaks of deadly diseases like influenza, which killed millions and disrupted the lives of many more.