War Memorial: The Story of One Village's Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003 Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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A touching tribute to ordinary lives . . . brutally cut off long before their allotted time (Sunday Telegraph)
A fascinating mix of history and sociology that leaves one with a profound sense of the vagaries and cruelties of fate, particularly during times of war (Country Life)
[A] fascinating history (Daily Telegraph)
A moving look at the harrowing stories behind a century of names inscribed on the war memorial of a small and sleepy Devon village (Sunday Times)
An engaging, absorbing work (Chris Baker The Long, Long Trail/Great War Forum)
With this book Aslet makes an important contribution to social history... the stories are not tidy portraits of heroism but achingly real portraits of wartime loss experienced by a changing rural community (Daily Express)
About the Author
Clive Aslet is an award-winning journalist and former Editor of Country Life who has spent his career observing Britain and its ways. An authority on British life, he has written several books on the subject - including The Last Country Houses, Landmarks of Britain, and Villages of Britain.
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"War memorial" is a study of the men of Lydford, a small rural community on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. The village cross names thirteen men who died in WW1, to which was added eight more in WW2, one who fell in the Falkands conflict and one just nine years ago relating to the Iraq War. It is typical of its type and is no larger or smaller in numbers of names than we expect; but at the same time all memorials and the men listed are unqiue and have their own tales to tell. Clive Aslet has, judging by the notes, trawled official records, local material and (hurrah) internet sources to produce an engaging, absorbing work.Read more ›
Taking as it does a memorial like any other, the author crafts a powerful narrative that goes far beyond that which one would normally assume the subject matter would cover. He provides insight into the period which encompasses wide social issues as well as that of the lives of those recorded and straddles the various significant conflicts from WW1 to Iraq.
This is not a book which simply states the bare facts, but rather, delves behind the circumstances of their deaths to find the characters themselves. It is a refined and respectful recognition that illustrates that across many communities, such memorials represent a tangible link with those who have made the ultimate sacrifice through their service.
The author of "War Memorial", Clive Aslet move us from the killing trenches of Ypres to one of the most beautiful and remote parts of England - Lydford in Devon. Those of you who like me love Devon and perhaps consider it the greatest of all English counties will know that this is today a beauty spot, with a famous gorge, Lydford Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not find this book an easy read. Despite the amount of effort put in it just did not have that vibrancy that makes a good read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Peter Crosland
i found this interesting; it stimulates thinking about all our war memorials.Published on 6 July 2014 by Anne
This is a well-written, well researched book which is very moving to read. The lifes - and deaths - of the men from the village are both poignant and interesting - well worth a... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
There is so much sadness between the covers, but it is a must read for those who wish to understand the impact of war on we, the ordinary people.Published on 25 May 2013 by Mr. Donald Hill
A well documented record of the lives, in peace and war, of the names on the war memorial in one village.Published on 7 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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