Longhope's Lion: The Lives of the Men Commemorated on the Longhope War Memorials
By: Jo Phelps (author)Paperback
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In the village of Longhope in Gloucestershire stands a statue of a lion, keeping watch over a list of more than forty names: men of the village who fought and fell in the First and Second World Wars. Every one of those names carries a story behind it; every one of those men had his own life, his own family and his own reason for joining the forces and sealing his fate. This book records those stories. Longhope's Lion is a tale of how men from a small village played a role in some of the most memorable actions of the twentieth century. It is also a tribute to just a few of the millions who set out to change the world and never came home; it is an assurance that their sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Jo Phelps became interested in family and military history after researching her own family, and their experiences of war, over many years. After a working life as a teacher, she is now involved in the life of her adoptive village, Longhope in Gloucestershire, and felt a connection to the lives and families of the men commemorated on the war memorials. To her astonishment, although remembered solemnly each November, little was known of the men themselves. It has taken nearly three years to put together the research, and along the way she has met many of the families concerned, including those of all the men who died in the past seventy-five years. Jo considers it a privilege to have rediscovered the stories of the brave men who gave their lives for their country.
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