A few years ago I was rummaging for books at the Southbank book market (London). I found a little hardback book with a grey landscape cover, not the kind that stands out at all, so naturally the kind I love – all understated and mysterious. ‘Poems of To-Day: an Anthology’, published 1915. It is full of beautiful and interesting poems, and the book looks well-loved. But the reason I bought it was for the handwritten annotation and verse inside the front and back covers.
The first inlay page has the handwritten name and address of the author, Private D McMaster of 37th Battalion.
The second page (pictured above) is handwritten verse, I presume it is by D McMaster. The next page reads ‘My Mother’ and her address in Cookstown, Ontario. Then the back insert page contains another page of verse (pictured below). I’ve been doing a little research to find out more, I think he was in the Canadian Expeditionary Force sometime between 1914 – 1919 (World War One). He may have been Private David McMaster (408614) although this is unconfirmed.
I found this book/inscriptions captivating, so thought I would share, also – incase anyone researches this subject, they may be able to offer some clues, or fill in their own gaps.