Kate Oldfield - Hopeman 1986
I am currently writing a novel on the 51st Highland Division in WWI (from fighting in France until their surrender in June 1940 and their subsequent incarceration for 5 years in various POW camps). During their time in the camps they wrote the Reel of the 51st. (It was in the South Room, at a Headmaster's Dance, that I was told that the dance was invented in a POW camp and I have been fascinated with the story since that night!)
I have worked for many hours interviewing one veteran who was there and spent the last year or so reading War Diaries of other Officers who were there or speaking to the wives or descendants of the men who wrote the dance and the first dancers. There are still a couple of officers' families who I have not been able to locate. If any OGs have any leads to War Diaries I might not have seen yet or know of anyone I might talk to I would be most grateful to hear. Especially if anyone knows a descendant of the Hamilton Miekles?
My agent is cracking the whip, and I plan to finish writing the book this year, but I don't want to leave any stone unturned!
If anyone does have any leads please feel free to contact me on email@example.com.