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The Living Unknown Soldier: A True Story of Grief and the Great War - Jean-Yves Le Naour

William Heinemann, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.

From the cover: “The powerful and touching story of a soldier who lost his memory and identity, and of a people in mourning that found in him their own missing menfolk. In February 1918, a derelict soldier was discovered wandering a railway station in Lyons, France. With no memory of his name or past, no identifying possessions, marks, or documents, the soldier — who was given the name Anthelme Mangin — was sent to an asylum for the insane. When, after the Great War ended, the authorities placed the soldier’s image in newspaper advertisements in an attempt to locate his family, hundreds of ‘relatives’ claimed him — as their father or son, husband or brother who had failed to return from the front. Marshalling a vast array of material, from letters and newspaper articles to accounts of battlefield deaths, hospital reports, and police files, French historian Jean-Yves Le Naour meticulously recreates the long-forgotten story of the single soldier who came to stand for a lost generation. Desperately sad, psychologically penetrating and profoundly revealing of the damage done by war beyond the confines of the battle front itself, this remarkable book augments our sense of the fallout of the great conflicts of the last century.”


Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 233 pages.
£7.50