The First World War agonies endured by Alfred M Hale were of a different kind altogether.
Full of humour, self-pity and pathos true account of Aircraftman AM Hale's service record provides a fascinating insight into the effects of war on a man pulled totally out of his social milieu.
Alfred was born on 21st November 1876, the child of well-to-do parents living near BRISTOL.
At St John's College OXFORD he developed an interest in musical composition.
When War is declared in 1914 Alfred resides in a comfortable bachelor house in the village of Rake in Hampshire.
However, towards the end of the War, Hale is forced to abandon this idyllic existence.
At the age of 41 this delicate fellow of independent means is, to his horror, conscripted.
Turning up to do his duty for King and Country, Alfred is conspicuously unfit for any strenuous physical work and lacks even the most rudimentary clerical skills.
Hale is assigned the role of officer's servant, or batman, in the Royal Flying Corps.
At camp in ENGLAND and FRANCE he is obliged to fetch and carry for young officers.
Far from home Alfred struggles to SLEEP or read with any degree of comfort in a tent full of fellow-batmen.