Soldier Dog Nelson Thornes Page Turners by Sam Angus


Soldier Dog Nelson Thornes Page Turners by Sam Angus

Angry with his father, Stanley runs away to train as a messenger dog handler, and he's soon heading to France with a great Dane called Bones by his side. As Stanley experiences the horrors of war, he comes to realise that the loyalty of his dog is the one thing he can rely on. But his father hasn't given up on him.

About the Author

Sam Angus

Sam Angus has five children and eleven horses and splits her time between Exmoor and London (the horses stay very much on Exmoor). She has been an English teacher and a fashion designer, but is now focusing on writing full-time.

Of her first novel, Soldier Dog:

IS SOLDIER DOG A TRUE STORY? Some of the events of the life of Soldier Dog are drawn from the lives of two dogs, Airedale Jack and Satan, one a British messenger dog, the other a French messenger dog. Go to and read all about the historical context and the work of the dogs, as well as about the battle of Villers-Bretonneux. HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU DO?
Years of research, mostly in the library of the Imperial War Museum. There is very little available written material on dog handlers in the first world war, mostly because they tended to be drawn from the country, from the world of hunting or faming, or fishing, so they were not on the whole, educated or likely to write much down. Go to for more about this.

Her 2nd novel is The House on Hummingbird Island.

Photo credit Nick Harvey

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228 pages


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Publication date

20th February 2013



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