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Duration 36:07

Marjorie’s War: four families and the Great War

This podcast is based on the recently published book which tells the story of the author’s grandmother and nine young men from the four families. They were all served as junior officers and between them fought in all the major battles of the British Army on the Western Front from early 1915 onwards. The story is told through a family archive of diaries, letters and photos which have been extensively researched and annotated. The talk will also refer to the sources in The National Archives that were used to research the characters and the battles in which they fought.

Charles Fair is a military historian and battlefield guide, and Marjorie’s War is his first book. He is a member of the Western Front Association, the Gallipoli Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the British Commission for Military History. Having served as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army, his main area of research is the TerritoriaI Force during the Great War. In his day job he works for a professional services firm in London.