WALLACE High School was last week presented
with copies of a recently published First World War diary 'Six
to a Loaf '.
Julius Woods, a member of the 20th Lancashire
Regiment, kept a diary throughout the war years. His grandson
Richard Donaldson explained: "I hope that my Grandfather's Great
War diaries will give future generations a glimpse of trench
warfare from a world which had largely ceased to exist.
"'Ordinary' soldiers were strictly forbidden
from keeping written records, so this book, 'Six to a Loaf' is
almost unique. I would like to pay tribute to my father Ian
Donaldson who spend several years sorting through Julius Woods'
"I know that Julius' two children - my mother
Cathie Donaldson and my Uncle Dr Alex Woods, are particularly
pleased to see their father's work in print some ninety years
after reading about my grandfather's experiences."
Year 8 pupil Mathew Donaldson, great grandson
of the diarist, read an extract from the book at the afternoon
ceremony before his sister, year 10 pupil Rachel, made the
official presentation to Principal Mrs Anne McBride.
Head of History and Politics at Wallace, Dr
Carol Fulton, commented: "Wallace if very privileged to have
received this book. The insight this book gives into the daily
life of an ordinary serving man in the trenched is invaluable.
"The dairy was kept from 1914 until 1918 and
is a record of survival. It is clear from reading it that the
men in the trenches suffered long stretched of boredom when the
focus was on keeping clean and trying to make the best of bad
"This boredom was brutally interrupted by
nerve - crunching periods of enemy bombardment, trying
desperately to hold you line or attacking. This diary will be
and amazing resource for the History Department."
Head of English Mr Fred Wray concluded:
"Tilts book has been very well received and highly commended by
the noted television historian Professor Richard Holmes. All at
Wallace are delighted to receive this book and would like to
thank the Donaldson family for their generosity."