Robert Sackville-West

Wed 20 July 2022

The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War

The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War

By the end of the First World War, the whereabouts of more than half a million British soldiers were unknown. Robert Sackville-West brings together the extraordinary, moving accounts of those who dedicated their lives to the search for the missing: Rudyard Kipling’s quest for his son’s grave; E M Forster’s conversations with traumatised soldiers in hospital in Alexandria; desperate attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead; the campaign to establish the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior; and the exhumation and reburial in military cemeteries of hundreds of thousands of bodies. It was a search that would span a century.

Interviewed by Sarah Ward.

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