|Start date||05 November 2014 19:30|
|End date||05 November 2014 20:45|
|Category||Exhibitions and talks; First World War commemoration; Libraries|
Redhill Library on Wednesday 5 November at 7,30pm.
There are Commonwealth war cemeteries and memorials in 150 countries around the world. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is responsible for the upkeep of them all. Julie Summers' book, Remembered,celebrates the human story behind the post-war efforts to remember the fallen with a degree of dignity that had not previously been accorded to the ordinary soldier.
Julie is also the author of two further books on war graves. British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries charts the brief history of the war cemetery, effectively from the Crimean War to the Korean War. Remembering Fromelles is the story of the discovery of mass graves near Fromelles in northern France in 2008 and the subsequent excavations and identification processes. The remains of Great War soldiers are recovered every year but the size of the Fromelles grave prompted the British and Australian Governments to ask the War Graves Commission to oversee the reburial of these soldiers in the first war cemetery built since the 1960s.
The author of ten books, Julie describes herself as a biographer and historian but foremost as a storyteller.
This is part of Surrey Libraries' War and Words programme of commemorative events for the First World War Centenary.
Tickets, including refreshments, £5 until 31 August, thereafter £6.
Telephone credit/card bookings on 01483 543599. SMS: 07968 32414. A small handling charge may apply.
Tickets can also be bought in person from any Surrey Library.