Missing But Not Forgotten

Men of the Thiepval Memorial - Somme

Ken Linge, Pam Linge

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. This 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
Date Published :
November 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
300 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473823587
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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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 ‘laborers’, 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.

About The Author
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Pam and Ken Linge have been researching the men on the Thiepval Memorial since 2003. They are responsible for the creation and maintenance of the unique and ever-growing archive at the Thiepval Visitor Centre. In 2012, they curated a well-received exhibition on the ‘Missing of the Somme’ at the Museum of the Great War, Péronne, France. Their knowledge and personal passion for remembrance has been utilized in a number of TV productions and they are currently working on projects connected with the 2016 commemorations.

REVIEWS
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"In a few months' time, the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme region of Northern France will be the focus of much media attention as commemorations of the Battle of the Somme's centenary take place. The memorial itself commemorates more than 72,000 Allied men whose graves have never been identified. This book specifically explores what is known about the lives and service of 200 of those men. The men selected aptly represent the wide variety of those who fought in the epic conflict , from laborers to gentry, from humble Tommies to VC recipients. Photographs, diary entries and other accounts bring at least a few of the sobering ranks of names to life."

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