Once a Soldier
Travis’ father was a failed soldier, a coward and a heartless bully who tried to disown his son.
Now Travis is determined to shame him by becoming the soldier his father could never have been – through joining the Parachute Regiment, the élite of the British Army.
His restless urge to prove himself takes him from country to country and from army to army, where he battles with enemies both external and internal until he is finally able to put horror and tragedy behind him and find honour, love and peace.
The 10th (Irish) Division The Great War
The exploits of the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine during The Great War.
"The 10th Irish Division was formed in Ireland on the 21st August 1914 as part of Kitchener's New Army. It was the first Irish Division in the British Army comprising of regiments that included, the Connaught Rangers, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Inniskilling Fusiliers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers, the 5th Royal Irish Regiment and the 6th Royal Irish Rifles.
After a year of training, the Division received orders to prepare for active service overseas, their destination: the Gallipoli peninsula.
Lorcan Travis yearns for adventure away from his quiet life on the family farm in rural Ireland.
He joins the British Army and, after a traumatic voyage to North America, he finds all the action and adventure he could ever imagine as he faces the cruelty and the savagery of the Native Americans, and the clash of armies in the rugged and wild country he has to operate.
He volunteers to be trained as an Army scout by the Mohawk Indians to live and fight with them against the French Army and their allies, the Algonquin Indians.
The British soldier's concept of the Indians is that they are heathen, murdering savages. However, in the fullness of time, he learns to respect them, their way of life and traditions.
His story is strewn with the horrors of war as he, and his Indian partner, White Owl, battle their way through the Seven Year War that helped the British achieve the prize that is Canada.