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2 June 1915 Roland A Leighton 1895-1915

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Roland Leighton was the oldest surviving child of literary parents, Robert and Marie Leighton, and was born on 27th March 1895 in London. As a result of the guilt following the death of her first child, Marie spoilt Roland and neglected his younger siblings-sister Clare and brother Evelyn. Roland entered Uppingham School in September 1909 and was …


The Virago Book of Women & the Great War

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Book review by Ann Clayton. I was gratified to see that this collection of women's experiences of the Great War opens with an extract from Beatrice Kelsey's journal which was first published in Stand To! 44. Following this are extracts from the memoirs, journals and letters of dozens of women, many of whose names are well-known to us, such as Vera…


Vera Brittain - The Militant Pacifist: Misconceptions of her Importance in Military History

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  By Dr. Phylomena H. Badsey Originally published by the Journal of the Centre for First World Studies. Posted here with permission. Vera Brittain (1897-1970) is best known to this audience for her sixth book Testament of Youth An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925, published in 1933 and based on her own war diary, Chronicle of Yout…


Letters From A Lost Generation

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ISBN: 0-316-64664-4  Hardback 427 pp  £18.99 Published by Little, Brown.  In these days of emails and texts, letters are not used widely as a means of communication. During the Great War however, letters were one of the few methods of keeping in touch. These letters give a more complete picture of Vera Brittain and the 4 men who she writes about …


Dr Phylomena Badsey MA

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Phylomena says that she grew up watching the television series The World At War and various  war related films on Sunday afternoons, in 1978 she watched the television series Testament of Youth –Phylomena says she still has the paperback that she purchased for £1.95. That was the start of her interest in the Great War and women's many contributions…


Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 by Guy Cuthbertson

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Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 Yale University Press, £18.99, 293pp, hb, ills, notes, further reading. ISBN: 978–030–023–338–4  ‘It wasn’t a peace treaty, but it was peace’, the author says – and that was how the news of the Armistice was received by relieved citizens and soldiers alike. The author’s account covers ev…