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I am Kept:
Extracts from Diary and Letters of a young soldier of Christ in Bank, Billet and Battle-field

by Charles Harold Mawson

£4.25 (UK); $6.75 (USA) - Published 12th October 2017 - order from STP or online bookshops.

 

  • ISBN-10: 0-901860-54-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-54-5
  • Price: £4.25 (UK); $6.75 (USA)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publication date: 12 October 2017
  • Author: Charles Harold Mawson
  • Preface: Handley Carr Glyn Moule (1841-1920)
  • Edition: New {Centenary}
  • Series: -
  • Height: 216 mm
  • Pages: 46 pages
  • Illustrations: 2 black & white
  • BIC Subject heading: HRCV9 (personal Christian testimony & popular inspirational works); BJ (Diaries, letters and journals); HBWN (History; First World War); Time Period: 3JJF (WW1)
  • Place of publication: Crewe, England
  • Publisher: ScriptureTruth Publications
  • Distributor: Lightning Source

Short description

Trooper Charles Harold Mawson’s diary and letters tell of a remarkable, but brief, life. A committed Christian, working in a bank, Charlie was called up for military service with the Household Battalion. Always on Christian service, he trained at Windsor, and fought in “France”, until a shell exploded at Poelcappelle on October 12th, 1917.

Long description

Charles Harold Mawson, known as “Charlie”, was born in Bradford in 1898. The family settled in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, and as a young man he took up employment in a bank. Around that time, he began to keep a diary, and the entries are notable for the honesty with which he muses on his desire to be a totally committed follower of Jesus Christ.

However, following the passing of the Military Service Act in early 1916, on October 25th of that year he was called up for military service in the 2nd Life Guards, and was assigned to the Household Battalion. Diary entries ceased, but letters home (always liable to be censored) began. From the extracts from his letters it is clear that the aspirations expressed in his diary entries were fulfilled in his experiences at the infantry training camp in Windsor, where he took every opportunity presented, informally and in Christian services, to talk about his Saviour.

But how would he fare when sent overseas to “France” (more accurately, Flanders, in Belgium)? He was only there for some 4 months, but his letters home reveal how faith can be triumphantly joyful in the most dangerous of circumstances. He is truly inspirational. He was taking part in an action at Poelcappelle, near Ypres, on October 12th, 1917, in the First Battle of Passchendaele, when a shell exploded nearby and he went to be for ever with his Lord and Saviour, no longer to be found on earth. He was 19 years and 8 months old.

The effect of his life on his comrades in arms is well evidenced by the letters which they wrote to share memories of him with his family. His name is recorded on Panel 3 of the Tyne Cote Memorial to the Missing in Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium; but, as he himself said of other believers, “How splendid to leave the army with a record in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The extracts from his diary and letters home form a fitting memorial: on reading them, the Bishop of Durham could write, “I bless God for this splendid young life, filled and used, first in peace, then in the fiery crucible of soldier-life, not by any vague ‘new thought’, nor worship of mere manhood, but by the old and unchangeable Gospel of the Grace of God in Christ” [Handley Moule, (May, 1918)].

100 years have passed since that day in October 1917 and his story remains a challenge to us all: in these more settled days, do we face our problems with the same uncompromisingly cheerful faith as Charlie faced his?

Table of Contents

Foreword;
Original Publishers’ Notice;
Prefatory Letter from the Bishop of Durham;
Introduction;
Diary Extracts – working in a Bank;
From Letters while Training – Billeted at Windsor;
From Letters from France – on the Battle-field;
News from the Front;
Memories of Charlie;
Abbreviations used;
References to people;
References to authors;
Scripture References

Author biography

Charles Harold Mawson, known as “Charlie”, was born in Bradford in 1898, the eldest son of the evangelist, author and editor of Scripture Truth, John Thomas Mawson (1871-1943). His younger sister, later Mrs Alice Chambers (1900-1995), was well-known as a speaker at Christian women’s meetings and author of several books. The family settled in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, and as a young man he took up employment in a bank. On October 25, 1916, he was called up for military service in the 2nd Life Guards, and was assigned to the Household Battalion. The extracts from his diary and letters clearly show he shared his father’s evangelistic fervour and the family talent for writing. Posted to Windsor for infantry training, he spent his spare time there engaged in Christian service. But God had other plans for him. After seven and a half months at Windsor, the Battalion was posted to “France” (actually Belgium) and less than four months later he was killed by shell fire at Poelcappelle on October 12th, 1917, during the early stages of the first battle of Passchendaele. He was 19 years and 8 months old.

The extracts from his diary and letters home form a fitting memorial, for on reading them, the Bishop of Durham could write, with feeling, “I bless God for this splendid young life, filled and used, first in peace, then in the fiery crucible of soldier-life, not by any vague ‘new thought’, nor worship of mere manhood, but by the old and unchangeable Gospel of the Grace of God in Christ” [Handley Moule, (May, 1918)]

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