SASRA (The Soldiers’ and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association) brings you Old Bill’s writings during the Battle of the Somme, from July to November 1916! Old Bill (William Ransley) became an Army Scripture Reader shortly after leaving the army in 1889. Having worked for God in his last six years serving in the army, he decided to dedicate his time and energy to sharing the gospel full time with the men and women of the military. His work saw him sailing off to the hospitals in northern France, where he experienced the bloodbath of the Battle of the Somme through his encounters with injured soldiers from both sides. His journal gives a glimpse of the role of Scripture Readers and sheds light on the message of hope SASRA readers took, and still take, to the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Shona Wilkie, who compiled this book began working at SASRA in July 2015, coordinating Donor Relations and Book Publications. She and her husband live in Hampshire and are members of a local evangelical church, where they are both actively involved in church life.