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The Great Trust: Mrs Edith Ash's campaign of remembrance, 1916-1954

Durey, M. (2011) The Great Trust: Mrs Edith Ash's campaign of remembrance, 1916-1954. History, 96 (323). pp. 260-279.

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This article contributes to the studies of memory by demonstrating that newspaper In Memoriams are a useful source for understanding the changing character of remembrance of soldiers killed in the Great War. It focuses on Mrs Edith Ash's extraordinary devotion to the memory of her husband that was expressed annually in The Times for nearly forty years. Her In Memoriams may be seen as evidence of how she dealt emotionally with grief and the memory of loss; of how she reinterpreted the meaning of the Great War over time; of how she responded to some of the main national and international political events occurring during her widowhood; and of how she represented her husband allegorically as time elapsed. Mrs Ash saw her task as more than the regular commemoration of her man. She was fulfilling a greater obligation, to a world that had been lost but which she felt still had something of value to offer.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 2011 The Author
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