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War Memorial

Recording from Clive Aslet’s talk, ‘War Memorial’ for CVHF, Sunday, 30th June 2013.

Who were the men and women whose names are immortalised on war memorials around the country? Where did they live, and how and why did they die? Such questions usually go unanswered, but in this talk Clive Aslet unravells the story of just one war memorial – that of Lydford, a village on Dartmoor – and tracing the stories of the twenty-two men and one woman who made the ultimate sacrifice. Lydford, of course, speaks for any village in Britain, but in this touching, poignant and moving talk, he shows how one small community produced many tales of endurance and bravery from otherwise ordinary people who, but for the war memorial, would be forgotten.