T his is a comprehensive and highly emotive volume, borne of years of intensive research and many trips to the battlefields of the Great War. It seeks to humanise the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, to offer the reader a chance to engage with the personal stories of the soldiers whose names have been chiselled there in stone. Poignant stories of camaraderie, tragic twists of fate and noble sacrifice have been collated in an attempt to bring home the reality of war and the true extent of its tragic cost. It is hoped that visitors to the battlefields, whether their relatives are listed within or not, will find their experience enriched by having access to this treasure trove of stories.
Paul Chapman is a passionate history enthusiast. The publication of his In Memory and in Mourning series marks a culmination of many intensive years of research which have seen him journey to the battlefields of the First World War multiple times in an effort to record the personal and forgotten stories of the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice.