My Story: The Trenches: Billy Stevens, The Western Front 1914 - 1918

June, 1917. “Mustard gas! A feeling of panic hit me and I scrambled to get my respirator over my face before the killer gas got into my mouth and nose and burnt my lungs. It burned everything it touched. Eyes. Skin. And it always found a way in. Like now, I could feel where it had crept up inside the sleeves of my uniform and the skin on my arms felt like it was on fire. I threw myself into a muddy hole, pushing my arms under water, but I knew it was already too late. I stumbled to my feet, saturated, with the weight of wet mud clinging to me. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t see…”

The riveting diary of Billy Stevens, who goes to war in the trenches as an innocent boy from Carlisle. Will he make it home – and if so, will he ever be the same?

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  • Jim Eldridge

    Jim Eldridge is the award-winning author of The Trenches, Flying Ace and Armada in the boy’s strand of the My Story series. He is also a TV script-writer for the BBC – his new series ‘Powers’ is set to launch in Autumn 2004.

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