This is the second book in the War Letters 1914–1918 series. It is based on the letters of sixteen-year-old Philip Malet de Carteret, a midshipman with the Royal Navy who sailed with HMS Canopus during the First World War.
As with all the books in the War Letters 1914-1918 series, the letters are accompanied by extensive notes which add detail, context and colour. They include not only comments on naval matters, but on a wide range of very different aspects of the men's lives.
In almost all cases, the notes provide direct links to resources that are freely available online. The links don't include Wikipedia, but they do include ships' logs, war memoirs, naval training manuals, official histories, documentary films and much, much more. They permit any reader who wants to, to embark on their own journey of historical exploration and discovery by delving even more deeply into many more aspects of the war.
Philip's letters describe his experience of the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands and his time at the Dardanelles/Gallipoli before his death at the Battle of Jutland aboard the Queen Mary.
Despite his young age, his letters demonstrate a remarkable maturity, and give a fascinating insight in to what life was like for the young men who played such an important part in the major naval encounters of the First World War.
At the request of Philip's family, 50% of all profits from this book are being donated to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.