Gaye Magnall is married to the nephew of Ernest Magnall, one of the dedicatees in Other Ranks. She first became aware of this classic work in 2016 coming across a hand written letter dated December 1931 which was sent to her husband's Uncle Ernest. This was from Bill Tilsley (WVT) author and whom is identified as 'Bradshaw'.
'Mr. Blunden remarks that Mr. Tilsley "misses nothing." He has, indeed, a very keen eye. Mr. Tisley's description of an attack on the Somme is as vivid as anything of the sort that has been written' Times Literary Supplement, 16 April 1931 'An unvarnished account...he gives us modestly the prose of the matter; of mud, stench, lice, fatigue, cold, fear, danger and death' The Guardian, 18 March 1931