Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Cambridge American Cemetery

The Cambridge American Cemetery
About the author - Martin Nicholson and his wife Claire Nicholson own one of the largest archives of grave related photographs in the world. A selection of their work appears in the blog "Grave Mistakes" that has had over 400,000 hits since it was launched in 2013. Other examples appear in the Facebook group "Social History" where Martin acts as the group administrator.
This book is compiled from the records maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) of servicemen and women killed or missing since April 6th 1917. The ABMC lists over 218,000 names of dead and missing service personnel. Of these just over 8,900 (4.1%) are to be found at the Cambridge American Cemetery. The book is divided into sections that contain details of the location within the cemetery of the service personnel who were one of two or less of their particular service rank or were only members of a unit who lost their lives. Every life lost as a result of military service is a tragedy for the family and friends of the individual, and this book does not seek to imply that those listed here are any more deserving of memory than those not selected.



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