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Pals may be interested in two new books by Mark Quinlan which are available online from a dedicated website about them and the author.

" In October 2001, as a desk officer at the Ministry of Defence, the author was asked by their Overseas Secretariat to provide a response for the Japanese Government to the question: ‘How do the British People handle the issue of remembrance’?

At that time it was assumed that most of the knowledge in this study was generally available in the public domain. However, during the course of preparing the response, it became apparent that much was not, that there was also information in the public domain that was in error and a few myths needed correcting.

In the years following, a number of other foreign governments asked Her Majesty’s Government the same question. Concurrently, it was pointed out by a schoolteacher from Charlton in South East London that Remembrance had been incorporated into the citizenship element of the National Curriculum in September 2000, but that there was no standard work of reference from which to teach it. "

That situation has now been comprehensivley corrected.

The outcome of Mark's extensive research and working knowledge of the subjects is indeed a fascinating reference on the important responsibility of commemorating all those who died in conflict that we might live in freedom and peace.

British War Memorials and Remembrance Website

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This looks interesting - do you know if the book includes information on Ireland or is it just Great Britain? I can't see many non-GB references in the index section.


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There is mention or Ireland in both and related topics. There is not a section specifically on their memorials in isolation. At the time of the Great War Ireland was part of the Empire.

Interestingly in all the commemoration of Nelson of late I heard no mention of Nelson's Pillar which used to tower over O'Connell Street in Dubin. It was very similar to the column in Trafalger Square with Nelson aloft and was also erected to commemorate the Trafalger victory. At 2am on March 8, 1966, an explosion destroyed the upper half of the pillar, throwing the statue of Nelson into the street. Two days later, the Army Engineers blew up the rest of the stump. Thus Nelson became a victim of the " troubles ". It was once explained to me by a Dub that it was " blown up, without permission ".

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