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Passchendaele Calling

By A. A. G. Whitehead

They made a vow; never to leave anyone behind…

Three generations of a military family have fought in the same regiment, in three different wars, in three separate centuries.

Colour Sergeant Wes Gardiner, fights in Helmand Province in 2009. Wounded in action, what seems like divine intervention assists his recovery from gunshot wounds that should have been far more serious than they were. Once stable, he is taken to England for recuperation. There, he meets psychologist Debra Tonks. During Debra overseeing his recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, they begin to fall in love, and Wes starts to experience some powerfully, vivid dreams.

At first, they are attributed to his PTSD, but it soon becomes clear they are not simply nightmares, they are a ghostly memory of a life that Wes had never lived.

Someone is trying to tell Wes something, someone needs his help to keep an age old promise they made, and so the journey of a lifetime happens, as Wes and Debra travel to Passchendaele via Ypres and Vitoria to try and uncover the lives of Wes’s forefathers, his great-great grandfather, Sergeant Henry Gardiner who fought in 1917 at Polygon Wood, Passchendaele and Corporal Jedidiah Gardiner, who battled in 1812 in Salamanca and Vitoria, Spain.

For Wes to find peace, he knows that he must keep the promise that his ancestors made centuries ago; should any man fall, they will never leave anyone behind.

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