The Missing of the Somme

Relying more on personal impressions than systematic analysis, Geoff Dyer weaves a network of myth and memory that illuminates our own relation to the past"--Jacket.

Author: Geoff Dyer

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Soldiers' monuments

Page: 157

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"[The author's] journey of inquiry takes him from the cemeteries and one-time battlefields of Flanders to the memorials that stand in every town and village in Britain, from the countless poems, memoirs, photographs and documentaries that the Great War spawned to an old family album whose images record how this most far-reaching event touched the lives of his own grandparents. Relying more on personal impressions than systematic analysis, Geoff Dyer weaves a network of myth and memory that illuminates our own relation to the past"--Jacket.

Tracing your Great War Ancestors The Somme

Armed with this information then you can turn to the war diaries for a description of how and why he went missing. The Missing of the Somme Database Pam and Ken Linge's life work has been to create a database about the men who were ...

Author: Simon Fowler

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 147387680X

Category: Reference

Page: 160

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If you want to find out about an ancestor who served on the Somme during the First World War during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 or at any time during the fighting in this sector of the Western Front this book is the ideal guide. It provides practical information and advice on how to conduct your research. It will help you to discover when and where your ancestors served and give you an insight into his experience of the war. It is also a fascinating introduction to researching the Great War as a whole.Simon Fowler outlines the course of the fighting on the Somme, introducing the many historical resources that you can use to explore the history for yourself. He identifies the key sources for family historians, including at The National Archives and Imperial War Museum and the many online sites that researchers can turn to. There is also advice on the literature, archives, museums and monuments that may help you to gain an insight into your ancestor's story.

Somme 1916

Although it was well away from the 1916 Somme battle area, in the 1920s an idea was mooted to commemorate the Missing from the Advance to Victory of 1918 with a memorial at SaintQuentin, which would list 30,000 names.

Author: Gerald Gliddon

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752495356

Category: History

Page: 560

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Gerald Gliddon's classic survery of the Somme battlefield in 1916, first published in 1987 to great acclaim, has been greatly expanded and updated to include the latest research and analysis. Supported by a wide selection of archive photographs and drawing on the testimony of those who took part, this new edition covers both the famous battle sites, such as High Wood and Mametz Wood and lesser known villages on the outlying flanks. It includes a day-by-day account of the British build-up on the Somme and the ensuing struggle, British and German orders of battle and a full history of the cemeteries and memorials, both 'lost' and current, that sprang up in the years following the First World War. The author also provides thumbnail biographies of all the senior officers to fall, as well as the winners of the Victoria Cross and those who were 'shot at dawn'. In addition, Somme 'personalities' such as George Butterworth are covered in far greater detail than before.

Mametz Wood

Memorial to the Missing of the Somme Sergeant E Taylor, 52 Brigade Machine Gun Corps, killed in action 6.7.16 is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Private E W Gibbs, 52 Brigade Machine Gun Corps, ...

Author: Michael Renshaw

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473816165

Category: History

Page: 168

View: 123

The Battle for Mametz Wood is normally associated with the endeavours of the 38th Welsh Division and was the first of those great battles to secure possession of the woodlands of the Somme. The author looks at events after the 1st July, but also relates the story of the 17th Northern Division who attacked the quadrangle, a defensive system guarding the western approaches to the wood. Also related is the demise of both generals commanding these divisions who were sent home.

Missing But Not Forgotten

The Thiepval Memorial commemorates over 72,000 men who have no known grave; all went missing in the Somme sector during the three years of conflict that finally ended on 20 March 1918.The book is not a military history of the Battle of the ...

Author: Ken Linge

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1473870763

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 327

The Thiepval Memorial commemorates over 72,000 men who have no known grave; all went missing in the Somme sector during the three years of conflict that finally ended on 20 March 1918.The book is not a military history of the Battle of the Somme, it is about personal remembrance, and features over 200 fascinating stories of the men who fought and died and whose final resting places have not been identified. Countries within the UK are all well represented, as are the men whose roots were in the far-flung reaches of the Empire and even 'foreigners'. The stories that lie behind each of the names carved into the memorial's panels illustrate the various backgrounds and differing lives of these men. The diverse social mix of the men young and old, 'gentry' to 'labourers', actors, artists, clergy, poets, sportsmen, writers, and more is something that stands out in the book. Despite their social differences, what is most apparent is the wide impact of the loss for over fifty widows, around 100 children left fatherless and over thirty families mourning more than one son. Ranks from private to lieutenant colonel are expertly covered, as well as all seven winners of the VC. These captivating stories stand as remembrance for each man and to all the others on the memorial. They are meticulously organized so the book can be of use to visitors as they walk around the memorial; as a name is viewed, the story behind that name can be read.

Sites of Memory Sites of Mourning

This process has no better expression than in the Monument to the Missing of the Battle of the Somme at Thiepval . The hill dominated the battlefield . The terrifying and murderous task of taking it and the surrounding terrain was one ...

Author: Jay Winter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521639880

Category: History

Page: 324

View: 167

Following the death of her father, a twelve-year-old girl takes a summer job instead of going to camp with a friend as planned.

Visiting the Somme Ypres Battlefields Made Easy

Missing. 1/1.5 hours You will be able to see the Thiepval Memorial on the hill in the distance from the Ulster Tower/Mill Road. Follow on the road until you come to a crossroads and take the right turning. However, the memorial is ...

Author: Gareth Hughes

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473821398

Category: History

Page: 170

View: 796

This splendid and timely book will be invaluable to those visiting the battlefields, sites, museums, memorials and cemeteries of France and Belgium. It is intended for those planning and leading school groups and similar parties but is also ideal for individual/family visitors.??Rather than list every site etc it provides realistic itineraries to the best places in the two major areas of the Somme and Ypres. Even these are flexible to allow party leaders suitable discretion.??The author provides helpful information for each site such as its context in the War, visitor orientation, the 'spiel' (the essential facts to engage, inform and entertain), suggested activity and relevant photos and maps.??This combines to make every visit of maximum benefit and interest and yet reduce the workload of the party leaders.??There are also valuable tips for lunch breaks, free time ideas and other helpful pointers.

The Mourner s Song

translate his present audience back to the carnage that created the missing of the Somme.16 As one approaches the northern front of the memorial, the angle of vision from below is so steep that the large central arch does loom overhead, ...

Author: James Tatum

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022665950X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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No matter when or where they are fought, all wars have one thing in common: a relentless progression to monuments and memorials for the dead. Likewise all art made from war begins and ends in mourning and remembrance. In The Mourner's Song, James Tatum offers incisive discussions of physical and literary memorials constructed in the wake of war, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the writings of Stephen Crane, Edmund Wilson, Tim O'Brien, and Robert Lowell. Tatum's touchstone throughout is the Iliad, not just one of the earliest war poems, but also one of the most powerful examples of the way poetry can be a tribute to and consolation for what is lost in war. Reading the Iliad alongside later works inspired by war, Tatum reveals how the forms and processes of art convert mourning to memorial. He examines the role of remembrance and the distance from war it requires; the significance of landscape in memorialization; the artifacts of war that fire the imagination; the intimate relationship between war and love and its effects on the ferocity with which soldiers wage battle; and finally, the idea of memorialization itself. Because all survivors suffer the losses of war, Tatum's is a story of both victims and victors, commanders and soldiers, women and men. Photographs of war memorials in Vietnam, France, and the United States beautifully augment his testimonials. Eloquent and deeply moving, The Mourner's Song will speak to anyone interested in the literature of war and the relevance of the classics to our most pressing contemporary needs.

The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

Edwin Lutyens' Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval in Northern France, visited annually by tens of thousands of tourists, is arguably the finest structure erected by any British architect in the twentieth century.

Author: Gavin Stamp

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847650600

Category: History

Page: 227

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Edwin Lutyens' Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval in Northern France, visited annually by tens of thousands of tourists, is arguably the finest structure erected by any British architect in the twentieth century. It is the principal, tangible expression of the defining event in Britain's experience and memory of the Great War, the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916, and it bears the names of 73,000 soldiers whose bodies were never found at the end of that bloody and futile campaign. This brilliant study by an acclaimed architectural historian tells the origin of the memorial in the context of commemorating the war dead; it considers the giant classical brick arch in architectural terms, and also explores its wider historical significance and its resonances today. So much of the meaning of the twentieth century is concentrated here; the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing casts a shadow into the future, a shadow which extends beyond the dead of the Holocaust, to the Gulag, to the 'disappeared' of South America and of Tianenmen. Reissued in a beautiful and striking new edition for the centenary of the Somme.

Walking the Somme

2 Cemetery; the cut-off date between the two memorials being the October 1916 fighting. In the end, all 73,000 names of the Somme missing were included on Thiepval and there are no surviving papers to support the theory that ...

Author: Paul Reed

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1848844735

Category: History

Page: 257

View: 862

This new edition of Paul Reed's classic book Walking the Somme is an essential traveling companion for anyone visiting the Somme battlefields of 1916. His book, first published over ten years ago, is the result of a lifetime's research into the battle and the landscape over which it was fought. From Gommecourt, Serre, Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval to Montauban, High Wood, Delville Wood and Flers, he guides the walker across the major sites associated with the fighting. These are now features of the peaceful Somme countryside. In total there are 16 walks, including a new one tracing the operations around Mametz Wood, and all the original walks have been fully revised and brought up to date. Walking the Somme brings the visitor not only to the places where the armies clashed but to the landscape of monuments, cemeteries and villages that make the Somme battlefield so moving to explore.