Discovery of family heirloom leads to new WWI book

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Author Clint McInnes releases new WWI book

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It’s a reminder to us all that our freedom has not come easily and that sacrifice should be remembered and respected.

When most can be deleted with the push of a button, how much history will we leave for our own ancestors to remember us by?

This very thought occurred to Russell Baker when he discovered his grandfather, Victor Baker’s, century old, long forgotten, World War I diary.

In addition to vividly describing battles and near death experiences from German U-boats, the journal revealed an unknown family secret; Victor had an older brother, Malcolm, who gave his life during the conflict. Russell became obsessed unearthing as much as he could about his ancestor’s and their contribution to World War I. He turned to his friend and genealogy expert, Clint McInnes for help.

Together, the two scoured the diary and pieced together the unique war story of the brothers. They detailed their findings in the book “The Baker Boys.” Containing pictures, quotes, excerpts from the actual diary, as well as little known facts about World War I the book pays homage not only to Victor and Malcolm Baker, but to all those who fought in ‘the war to end all wars’.

“This is a story not just of the war, but also of family misfortune, emigration and brotherly love,” McInnes said. It’s a reminder to us all that our freedom has not come easily and that sacrifice should be remembered and respected.”

“The Baker Boys”
By Clinton mhic Aonghais (Gaelic for McInnes)
Price: $39.18
ISBN: 978-1-49073-909-0
Available at: Amazon, Trafford and Barnes and Noble online bookstores

About the Author
With a love of humanity and the human spirit, Clinton researched, wrote and complied “The Baker Boys” in remembrance of those who fell and were injured in WWI. As an author, he is a spritely 63 years of age, with a love also in the outdoors and military history's little known facts. Clinton currently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.


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