The Wartime Diary of W D Terry – a ‘Safrican’ at Cambridge – with selected letters 1938-1941
William David Terry (1938) read English at Trinity Hall during the early years of WW2. His recently discovered diary and letters recount what it was like to be a South African student abroad as war breaks out. Travel, love and learning jostle with international politics, militarism and confusion.
Laurence Wright’s introduction sketches the trajectory of Terry’s life, from his upbringing, education and wartime activities to his religious preoccupations and his later career as a lecturer in English at Rhodes University.
The volume is fully annotated and illustrated with Terry’s own photographs.