Published by Elefant Books on Friday 3 September 2010
“Klein makes a memorial come alive – and records lives that deserve to be, as the hope remains, Not Forgotten.”
"The book is quite wonderfully moving and reminds us just how many families were torn apart in these streets that we love so dearly. The shock of reading of the sheer numbers lost, in our own neighbourhood, and the youth of so many of the fallen, makes me look at our war memorial with renewed humility and gratitude. It deserves a place in every Stockwell home."
Joanna Lumley (Stockwell resident)
In These Were Our Sons Naomi Lourie Klein has researched the lives of 574 men whose names are carved into the stone panels of Stockwell War Memorial in London SW9.
Using census information from 1911 and earlier, Commonwealth War Graves Commission information, original Service and Pension files, rolls of honour, contemporary maps and the vast resources of the internet, she has pieced together the lives of men whose stories would otherwise be known only to their families. Some of the families have contributed additional information and unique pictures.
The stories paint a picture of the hardships and sufferings of the men, and speak eloquently of their terrible fates. They include:
21 mono illustrations
London SW8 and SW9 orders
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