"A Son of Kelso on the Somme" by Dr Derek Robeson
In a new book just published, Derek’s aim was to share the personal letters, photographs and experiences of his grandfather Charlie Robeson, who survived three years in Front Line trenches, on the battlefields of the Western Front.
At the same time, it highlights what his fiancée Winnie, was experiencing as a nurse, on the Home Front.
To make it more meaningful, information is included about family life in the Borders before and after the war. Charlie Robeson lived in Kelso prior to 1914 and returned to Kelso in 1919 to marry Winnie where they lived a full and happy family life.
Derek said ‘A primary objective of this book, was to get the family photographs and letters reproduced before they faded from view and to piece them together, in a meaningful way as a family record. The book is also an educational resource, intended for upper secondary school age children, but hopefully it will have a wider appeal to all age groups, as an interesting piece of social history.’
Derek remarked that it took him nearly 2 years to compile the book and would like to thank everyone who assisted him during that time. Financial assistance from the Fallago Environment Fund is gratefully acknowledged.
The end result is a high quality colour production with lots of historical facts and Kelso images.
The book costs £15 and is available from Hector Innes Photography & at St. James’ Fair.
All proceeds go to Poppyscotland & Help for Heroes.