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Soldiers in Different Armies

Posted on 1 September 2014 Gavin Glenn

For many WWII did not end in 1945. This excellent biographical novel written with an incredible depth of perception is an excellent social record and shows how one ordinary soldier worked tirelessly through the Middle East and Kokoda to bring comfort to soldiers expected to do the impossible with nothing. Despite the tragedy of his wounds this bandy legged Scotsman keeps on giving for his adopted country.

Ivy grew up on an isolated farm where food was plentiful and did not know about the depression that crushed the world in 1930. She was a woman before her time for whom education was essential. Her work as a Salvation Army Officer brought her face to face with the poverty, loneliness and grief of the women left behind.

It was not until this soldier married his true love that his roaming round the world would cease. But the ghosts of war would never leave him.

Brenda Inglis-Powell works at Centre for Ministry with the Pastoral Counselling Institute.

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