Throughout the world there are thousands of memorials to those who have died in war, Although the names carved on them may be given some poignancy at particular times of remembrance, when they might be read out, they generally have less and less significance with the passing of time. Today, the names of those who died during the First World war unfortunately convey little to most people living now in the communities from which they came.
So this book plays an important part in commemorating those who left Eastleach to fight in the First and Second World Wars, but who never returned. Thanks to the author’s thorough research, the character and experiences of those who died are made real; not just names.
I thoroughly commend to you this example of “living history”, as a meaningful way of marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and commemorating some of the millions who died during the two World Wars of the twentieth century.
Chairman, the Ernest Cook Trust