War book treasured

An old leather book, titled the Small Book, details each conflict Private Alec Bern fought in, including the Boer War and battles in India, which date back to the late 1800s.

After the second Boer War (1899 to 1902) Private Bern returned to work at a mill in Brechin, Scotland, married his wife Jane and had two sons and two daughters.

When World War I broke out in 1914, Private Bern jumped at the opportunity to go back to his former military life and fight on the front line.

Unfortunately, he lost his life while trying to help his injured Sergeant during the bloody Battle of Aubers Ridge.

Mr Bern still has the original Killed in Action letter, which was given to his grandmother Jane Bern.

Mr Bern�s father, also named Alec Bern, was eight years old when he lost his father Private Bern.

Apparently, he asked for his father�s job at the mill when he heard about his loss.