Missing But Not Forgotten
by Pam and Ken Linge ( Pen & Sword, 286 pages, £25) Pam and Ken Linge have been researching the men on the Thiepval Memorial for 12 years and are responsible for creating the archive at the battlefield’s visitor centre. Here, they turn their attention to profiling more than 200 soldiers who died during the Battle of the Somme. By filling in biographical details, they illustrate the social diversity of those who fought, which included actors, poets, writers, labourers and the gentry. The Cumbrian town of Whitehaven made a major contribution to the Great War – but it came at a cost. It’s estimated that 625 local men died from an overall population of just 21,000. There’s plenty packed into the 140+ pages here by Mansergh, including chapters on refugees, women on the Home Front and local PoW camps alongside the expected entries on war memorials and local regiments.