But this is not just the story of how one person went to war as a boy and came back a man. It also concerns the now-legendary appearance of angels above a battlefield near the Belgian town of Mons. Soldiers on both sides of the conflict were reliably reported to have witnessed a vision of angels appearing from a cloud, perhaps in an attempt to stop the slaughter. Were they really angels, or just an apparition experienced through a haze of battlefield smoke and morning mist by wounded and dying soldiers out of their minds with pain and terror?
A unique work of fact-based fiction , The Angels of Mons offers a fascinating insight into the work of the unsung heroes of the Great War – the laborers, stretcher-bearers, ambulance drivers and others who risked their lives supporting the front line soldiers.