This is the Menin Gate at Ypres where the names of those whose bodies were never identified at the Salient in World War 1 are recorded.
This omnibus of 56 posts takes us from the outbreak of war to the closing of the 2nd Battle of Ypres. In the fall of this year, I will publish them all in an eBook, "Noblesse Oblige".
"Noblesse Oblige" will be the first of a 3 book history of the members of the Golden Mile and their experiences in World War 1.
This is a book about people. There are a few chapters about the war to orient us, but most of the book tells the stories of people who are caught up in great events of the time.
I do not confine this story only to men and to the front. We will see the enormous contribution that women brought to the effort. We will move from home in Canada, to life in the UK, to the front, to behind the lines, to hospitals, to being on leave, to being a prisoner, to travel, to the sea and sinkings. We will be with our characters in every part of their lives and deaths.
Above all we will see how they cope with loss. For while they are the elite, they too lose children, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. Some lose their minds. Some lose all they had.
I have done my best to be scrupulous with evidence. But I have also done my best to tell a human story.
They are a remarkable group of people.