Philip Holdway-Davis, Triumph on the Western Front

From Queen's Birthday, 9:30 am on 5 June 2017

Philip Holdway-Davis is from the UK but now calls New Zealand home. His family is linked to New Zealand through the trenches of World War One when his great uncle Oswald Harcourt-Davis was attached to ANZAC troops in Europe as a Despatch Rider. Oswald, a talented writer, meticulously kept a diary observing life on the front line alongside the New Zealand and Australian troops. Philip Holdway-Davis has compiled the diary into a book which includes a battlefield guide for people wanting to revisit where troops fought and eventually won on the Western Front. He talks to Megan about the diary and the parallels his life has had to his great uncle's.