You may be interested to see some of the coverage the book has received:

We rememberLives of the First World War
May 2014-Mar 2019

Bernard Brookes is included in the innovative digital project which was set up to discover, explore and remember personal stories from the First World War.

Visit the page

Science MuseumScience Museum
Mar 2018

Poster on display in an exhibition at the Science Museum, containing a quote from the diary. Spotted by Izzy, one of Bernard Brookes’ great-granddaughters.

“We arrived at Dover at about 3 o’clock and I heard that the men on the ship were going up to three different hospitals. France has now been left behind and once more I have set foot on English soil. How many times whilst in the trenches have I thought that I would never again see England.”

Catenians, their families and the Great War

Apr 2015

After the War, Bernard Brookes joined the Croydon Circle of the Catenian Association and served as Secretary for a number of years. In this interview for Catena magazine, Una Barrie talks about her father’s experiences and diary.

Read the article

Field of RemembranceLondon Live
Nov 2014

Una Barrie was interviewed on this 24-hour TV channel about the Field of Remembrance around Westminster Abbey. Tribute crosses are planted there and at five other UK locations, in memory of people who lost their lives serving our country. Find out more on the Royal British Legion website

Croydon AdvertiserCroydon Advertiser
War diary of sergeant recalls Christmas truce
Aug 2014

Una Barrie was interviewed by the Croydon Advertiser about her father’s diary.

Read the article

PicadillyPiccadilly Circus
Aug 2014

On the centenary of Britain’s entry into what became known as World War 1, Piccadilly’s famous advertising signs paid tribute to the fallen.

He survived the war, but the top image shows Sgt Bernard Brookes of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles. View more images on

zdf logoZDF

An interview with Una Barrie was filmed by ZDF (the German equivalent of the BBC), for a programme broadcast on 6 August 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Watch the programme from 14:30 to 21.30 (in German)

If you find this content is blocked, here’s a link to stream the programme outside Germany (with thanks to Madeline).

Download the translation (Word document)

Hidden StoriesBOOK
Christmas with ‘the enemy’
June 2014

Bernard Brookes’ experiences are featured in a new book by Jackie Storer, Hidden Stories of the First World War. It’s a collection of 30 stories brought together by the British Library, Oxford University and Europeana, illustrated with photos, memorabilia and maps.


May 2014

Life for a young man today compared with life as reported by Bernard Brookes, written by Josh Barrie – his great-grandson – for this online magazine.

Read the article on iTunes (subscription only, free for the first seven days).

Rise as One: World War Truce
Feb 2014

Una Barrie was interviewed by Fox Sports about her father’s experience of the famous WW1 Christmas Truce and football match.

Watch the video

Great War Centenary: Britain’s Careful Commemoration of WW1
Jan 2014

Read the original article in German (PDF)

Read the online version in English (opens in a new window)

WWI signaller’s diaries tell of trench warfare and shell shock
Jun 2013

Article by Henry McMorrow about the publication of the book, including interview with Una Barrie.

Read the article

Britain at WarBRITAIN AT WAR (Issue 56)
The Emotive Story of the Christmas Truce
Dec 2011

Magazine article describing how, for a few brief hours, the killing stopped along the trenches. Includes the account of Sergeant Bernard Brookes.

The Western Front 1914
Oct 1984

An extract from the diary was featured in this compilation of first hand accounts by Malcolm Brown and Shirley Seaton.

 ***All profits from the sale of this book go to the Royal British Legion.***

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