Names on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men In World War I by Sylvia CrooksNames on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men In World War I by Sylvia Crooks

Names on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men In World War I

bySylvia Crooks

Paperback | May 1, 2014

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On cenotaphs and memorials along the shores of beautiful Kootenay Lake in the BC Interior are the names of 280 men who died on the blood-soaked battlefields of World War I amid the first deadly gas attack at Ypres, in the costly battle for Vimy Ridge and through the horrors of Passchendaele. Many of the men were fruit ranchers, mostly British immigrants who settled on the shores of the lake, along the Kootenay River, and in the Slocan Valley. They were miners, labourers, businessmen and some were students about to embark on promising careers. They come alive again in this account of who they were and what they endured in that futile and cataclysmic "war to end all wars." After six years of research, the author tells their stories, and vividly makes them more than simply "names on a cenotaph."
Sylvia Crooks was born and grew up in Nelson, BC. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, with a BA in English and History, and a Master's degree in Library Science. She worked in public libraries in Vancouver and Burnaby before joining the faculty of the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, where s...
Title:Names on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men In World War IFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:Granville Island PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926991478

ISBN - 13:9781926991474

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"By taking us week by week through the war, telling how young men from British Columbia fell, Crooks connects us to the conflict and makes it seem real. We are there in the trenches with the men and they are not just numbers, they are real people with professions and families and interests." —Times Colonist"In her new book, Names on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men in World War I, Sylvia Crooks takes a closer look at the local men who died on European battlefields in what was supposed to be the war to end all wars."—Nelson Star"Author Sylvia Crooks delves into letters, diaries, artifacts, and photographs to discover the stories behind the names of these soldiers who bravely fought in World War I...Through this important historical book, readers can better appreciate the magnitude of the sacrifices of so many men from our small Canadian communities, and better honour these names on a cenotaph.”—