Valley of the Shadow

I first recorded Hawtin Mundy’s reminiscences of his First World War experiences in 1980.

They in turn inspired a book, a large-scale musical documentary play and a one-man show that toured schools and community venues and won a Sony Radio Award.

Thirty years later I turned some of his words, together with a song by Paul Clark inspired by those words and sung by the Living Archive Band, into a digital story.

As a background to this, Hawtin had gone over the top for the first and only time and after a day of battle with terrible experiences he was captured by the Germans and taken up a hill overlooking No-Man’s Land to be interrogated. Hawtin’s words are inspired by the sight of looking down on to the devastation in No Man’s Land that evening.

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