Their second publication Stolen Lives- Individual Tragedies of the Great War is about 50 soldiers and a nurse who lost their lives on the Western Front and where they were buried or commemorated. Among those covered include Queen Victoria’s fortieth grandchild, the Prime Minister’s son, Annie Souls’s five sons from Gloucestershire, young men ‘shot at dawn’, sportsmen, artists, musicians, poets and soldiers from Britain’s Empire.
In his review, Chris Baker of the leading Great War website The Long, Long, Trail considers that Stolen Lives ‘puts most recent Great War titles to shame in terms of quality and production…it is deeply researched and profusely illustrated…’
The authors have been busy during Christmas Truce Centenary commemorations:
· As historical consultants for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘The Christmas Truce’
· Andrew Hamilton was involved in the Sainsbury’s online piece about the company’s Christmas Truce advert
· Alan Reed, Battlefield Guide and son of a Commonwealth War Graves Commission gardener, featured in the BBC’s August ‘Songs of Praise’ programme on the Outbreak of War in 1914 and contributes to the December editions on the Christmas Truce
· Andrew was interviewed on the truce site for BBC South East News over the Christmas period, for ITV’s News at Ten and has appeared on local TV News programmes. He will be featured on local BBC networks over Christmas and on Five Live
· Both were invited to the inauguration of a memorial at St.Yves unveiled by Michael Platini President of UEFA on 11th December 2014