Title: Born to Be a Soldier – War Diary of Lieutenant John Gotch Ridley MC. A Survivor of Fromelles. 53rd Battalion, 5th Division AIF, World War I, 1914 – 1918
Author: Kelshaw, Jean and Thornton, Bruce
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2010
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 151 pages
Comments: This is the World War 1 Diary of Lieutenant John Ridley MC who was a survivor of Fromelles. It includes graphic descriptions of life in the trenches, encounters with the enemy, work among the wounded and dying and Ridley’s own thoughts as he faced the prospect of his own death. Despite being seriously wounded, Ridley returned to his unit and saw service on the Somme and Western Front.