17 letters to my brother: a Scottish soldier writes home

Hepburn, William Stuart (2015) 17 letters to my brother: a Scottish soldier writes home. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis takes the form of three linked works centred around the fictionalised story of a young Scottish soldier of the 4th Cameron Highlanders from the years 1938 to 1946. These three works are:

1. An epistolary novella comprising the 17 letters of a found manuscript.

2. A feature film screenplay adapted from the letters.

3. A reflective essay on the creative process.

The fictionalized narrative is based on the real life experiences of a small group of Scottish soldiers from several different regiments of the 51st Highland Division catalogued in books, memoirs and in personal recollections. They were amongst the 9,000 men who surrendered at St Valery-en-Caux on June 12th 1940 , and subsequently escaped. Through a varied range of routes, they made their way back to Britain. An even smaller group joined the re-formed 51st, and after bloody campaigns in North Africa, took part in the D-Day invasion.

On the 2nd of September, 1944, the battalions of The 5th Camerons and the 5th Seaforths returned to the scene of their surrender, and liberated St Valery-en-Caux. Their collective experience encapsulates one small but little known part of the story of World War II.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: World War II, 51st Highland Division, 4th Cameron Highlanders, St Valery-en-Caux, screen adaptation, war letters, Scottish soldiers
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Maley, Professor Willy
Date of Award: 2015
Embargo Date: 15 June 2018
Depositing User: Ms Mary Anne Meyering
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-6489
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2015 10:53
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/6489

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