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The Quick and the Dead: Fallen Soldiers and…

The Quick and the Dead: Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great…

by Richard Van Emden

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At the end of the First World War more than 192,000 wives had lost their husbands, and nearly 400,000 children had lost their fathers. A further half a million children had lost one or more siblings. Appallingly, one in eight wives died within a year of receiving news of their husband's death. Few people remained unscathed and the effects of the conflict are still with us. The Quick and the Dead will pay tribute to the families who were left to suffer at home while their husband, fathers and sons went off to fight, and the generations that followed. Through the stories in this groundbreaking history, we realise not just what became of our grandfathers but how their experiences influenced the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of a generation that they left at home. Against all the odds some stories ended happily - missing fathers did return, men thought to be dead returned from prisoner of war camps to a joyous reunion. For others the loss, while difficult to bear at the time, gave them an independence, drive and ambition that ensured that their lives were successful and a fitting tribute to those who died. Very few people know that only the first minute's silence on Armistice Day is in memory of the dead of the Great War and all the subsequent wars. The second minute is for the living, the survivors of the war, and the wives and the children they left behind. Through a unique collection of over fifty interviews, private diaries and a remarkable collection of unpublished letters written by the soldiers to their families back home, The Quick and the Dead is a history of those who are commonly forgotten and neglected when the fallen are remembered on Armistice Day.

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  GalenWiley | Mar 25, 2015 |
Like most books is too long; very good on post war elements such as Cenatoph, war memorials and controversies such as burial, repatriation and recognition
  jon1lambert | Jun 16, 2012 |
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"...explores what would happen to families, and that. Lots of them; the kids never saw their patents again. The women had to re-marry, not necessarily marriages of love, but marriages of convenience to secure the families future. Lots of this going on. It's a sad book. But it has brought all this to mind."
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This title tells the story of the wives and children who were left behind as their husbands, fathers, and brothers fought and died in the First World War. The book features 50 interviews, private diaries, and a collection of unpublished letters written by the soldiers to their families back home. Originally published: 2011.… (more)

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