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Private James R. Stevenson 1914
Privates Stevenson and Monkman
Private James Stevenson 1919
5th Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment
(The Green Howards)

The Great War magazine is dedicated in large part to the founding editor's grandfather, James Stevenson, who served with the 5th Battalion, The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment) and who earned the Military Medal whilst acting as a 'runner' during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 at Martinpuich.

He volunteered with his cousins at the outbreak of war and joined the local Territorial unit in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He went to France in April 1915 and saw his first action a couple of days later at St Julien during the Second Battle of Ypres.

Gassed, wounded several times, and eventually taken prisoner in mid 1918, he nevertheless survived and returned home. He later served with the Green Howards and then the Military Police during the Second World War. He died aged 101 on 26th May 1996, another one of the many unsung heroes who came home but never forgot the horrors he had seen, nor the pals he had served with.

Private Monkman, shown above, was his best friend until going 'over the top' in 1916 he was shot in the stomach. Jim bent down to help his friend but was told to leave him and go on by a Sergeant. He never saw his friend again.

The Great War magazine is also dedicated to all those who served, in whatever capacity, from all nations and is our way of keeping faith with their memory so they will not be forgotten.

A book written by the editor and published in 1999 by Great Northern Publishing - 'Baptism of Fire - The 5th Green Howards at the Battle of St Julien, April 1915' - was based in part on James Stevenson's personal notebook diaries which he maintained through the war, including during his captivity (although keeping a diary was a serious offence). The book is available from our on-line military history bookshop.

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