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‘Understanding’ The 1991 Presidential Address delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine

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[This article first appeared in Stand To! 34 Spring 1992 pp7-12] I think I have to begin with an apology today. It is addressed to any of you who may have come to this meeting hoping that they would be hearing about the Aisne, the Department of Northern France named after a quiet, pretty river, noted for its fishing, which in 1914 became the scene…


Lost in France. The Remarkable Life and Death of Leigh Roose Football's First Superstar

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Not that familiar or even keen on football I was nonetheless drawn into the intricacies of the game and the intimate life of the man and goalkeeper Leigh Roose. We are then thrown into the First World War, Gallipoli and the Somme. Finally we get the detective story that seeks to uncover what happened to the man during the fighting. Missing in Galli…


The Abandoned St Quentin Memorial to the Missing

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In 1926 the French government raised serious concern at the number of free-standing memorials being proposed by the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC) to honour the missing  and among those to be sacrificed would be the one planned for St Quentin. It was a challenge to create the necessary number of structures to carry the many names of the m…


A Father’s Search

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For many families of ‘the missing’, the absence of a known grave in the immediate aftermath of the war was unbearable. It would, of course, be some years before the Memorials to the Missing were constructed after the war. Field Marshal Lord Plumer, when unveiling the Menin Gate in 1927, acknowledged the void that many families of ‘the missing’ woul…


Ep.237 – Missing But Not Forgotten: Men of the Thiepval Memorial – Pam & Ken Linge

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Ken Linge talks about the work he and his wife Pam have done on researching the stories of the ‘missing’ on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. It is located near the French village of Thiepval and is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of between 1915 and 1918, with no known gr…


'Known Unto God : The Missing of The Great War' with Simon Fowler

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  We welcome Simon Fowler to the Sussex Branch for our April Talk. Simon has been a member of The Western Front Association for 30 years and has several items published in Stand To! He will be talking to us about 'Known Unto God The Missing of The Great War'. He will tell us the heartbreak of the families left behind and their struggles to fi…