Arthur Beecroft enlisted in 1914 and served as a Signals Officer during the Gallipoli campaign. After the First World War, he wrote several detective novels under the pen-name Arthur Salcroft, and was awarded an MBE in 1922. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard. Arthur Beecroft died peacefully in 1974. The foreword is by Andrew Roberts.
The memoir was discovered by [Arthur Beerroft's] granddaughter in the loft of her parent's home, after their deaths. It had lain undisturbed for over half a century and could easily have been lost. How fortunate we are that she has ensured publication.