Miss­ing But Not For­got­ten

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

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.

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