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Remembering Fromelles: A New Cemetery for a New Century [Paperback]

Julie Summers , Louise Loe , Nigel Steel
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CWGC Publishing (1 July 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956507409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956507402
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Summers was born in Liverpool but grew up in Cheshire. Her first book, Fearless on Everest, published in 2000, was a biography of her great uncle, Sandy Irvine, who died on Everest with Mallory in 1924. Her grandfather, Philip Toosey, was the man behind the Bridge on the River Kwai and her biography of him appeared in 2005. Fascinated by how people cope with extreme situations, she has turned her attention on the effect of the Second World war on non-combatants - the women and children. Recently she published Jambusters, the story of the WI in wartime.

She describes herself as a biographer and historian but the most important thing for her is to be a story teller. www.juliesummers.co.uk

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but disjointed 18 Jan 2011
This glossy volume, which covers a lot of ground in its slender width, deals with the discovery, exhumation and reburial, of some 250 Australian and British soldiers posted as missing presumed dead after the battle of Fromelles in July 1916. To characterise it roughly its seven chapters break down into three parts. An initial introduction and two chapters outline the origins, establishment and raison d'etre of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the July 1916 Battle of Fromelles, the subsequent search for the remains of "missing" soldiers, and the eventual discovery of three "lost" battlefield graves that had been dug by opposing German forces in 1916 to bury the `British', in Northern France in 2008. The central section deals, over four chapters with the exhumation and study, by a team from Oxford Archaeology, of the human remains and the artefacts. A brief but well illustrated chapter on the actual excavation is followed by another beautifully illustrated chapter on the artefacts (5). This chapter, in its presentation and the understatement of its text, gives a poignant and palpable testament to the essential humanity of the remains, it plugs the reader directly into both the temporal proximity of the events and the essential similarities between aspects of our own lives, and those of the men and boys shattered on that battlefield ninety five years ago. Margaret Cox, in chapter 6, explores the post-excavation and the forensic nature of the investigations, both their organisation and limitations. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering Fromelles 24 July 2010
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At 96 pages, a masterpiece of conciseness in explaining the Battle of Fromelles and the subsequent discovery, recovery, identification and re-interment of the 250 men at Pheasant Wood Cemetery. Every aspect is covered, in layman's language where necessary, so that the reader can understand the problems faced at each stage. The book is very well illustated, each picture complementing the text. For me the important 'first step' was to see the map of the battlefield as it was perceived in the official history of the war, and from there, one can understand subsequent stages leading to the dedication ceremony on the 19th july, 2010. I had a number of questions that had not been answered through TV programmes and press articles on Fromelles. This book provided those answers and it is now a welcome addition to my bookshelf! Well done to all of those involved in the Pheasant Wood project, regardless of role!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Remember Fromelles 26 Oct 2010
I was disapointed, lot on the construction of the cemetery, although worthy would have appreciated less on the construction and was hoping for more human interest as was detailed on the programme on TV which was fascinating and also very moving.
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