I am proud to announce that my book about the men commemorated on Carshalton war memorial, Their Name Liveth for Evermore: Carshalton’s First World War Roll of Honour, is published today by The History Press.
In the words of the blurb on the back: “Carshalton in Surrey was deeply affected by the First World War: over 1,900 local men enlisted to fight. Of those men, 243 lost their lives and are commemorated on the war memorial. As we find ourselves commemorating the centenary of the war, it is more important than ever that these men are not forgotten. Drawing on over six years of research, this book brings together the stories of the lives – and deaths – of these men. Utilising a wide variety of sources and complemented by many previously unseen photographs, their stories are told here, from the fourteen sets of brothers who were killed to the devastating effect of the Somme campaign in which 19 local men lost their lives on the opening day alone.”
It has been an incredible and often moving journey researching the men and their stories over the last few years. If you do read the book, I hope you enjoy it and think it is a fitting tribute to the men.
Now the book is finished I am mulling over the possibility of arranging a local trip to the First World War battlefields to follow in the footsteps of some of the men. It would probably be a day trip to Ypres, or a two-day trip to the Somme, leaving from the Carshalton/Sutton area. Cost would depend on how many people were interested and would probably take place next spring. If you are interested, please let me know by email – no obligation at this stage – email@example.com
The book is available from Waterstones (Sutton & Croydon), Honeywood museum, and the following online outlets: