FIRST World War historian Malcolm Goode was due to be signing copies of his book, A Burtonian's War Diary 1914, at Burton's Waterstone's store today.
The Stretton man was due to appear at the Coopers Square store between 11am and 1pm to sign his book, which he has been working on for three years.
It tells the stories of men from in and around the Burton area who went to fight in the Great War and died in the first year of the conflict.
The first man to lose his life was born in the workhouse.
Mr Goode is heading up a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the conflict, which began at 11pm on August 4, 1914.