The Breeze

Writer Peter Spafford has sent us this story and song that was inspired by his involvement with Legacies of War.

He said: “The Breeze is based on a story that Walter Kelsey, aged 90 at the time, told me in 1987. The soldier in his story was a man he had known in his Lincolnshire village. 

A little later, I heard exactly the same narrative from an elderly man in The Forest of Dean. 

Both men insisted their story was true, but this led me to wonder if it had also become a kind of Great War ‘urban’ (or rural in this instance) myth. The song tells the story”.