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Death Of A Soldier
Author: Margaret Evison

ISBN: 9781849544498
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 1 May 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.4
Description:
On 12 May 2009 Margaret Evison's son Lieutenant Mark Evison of 1st Battalion, The Welsh Guards, died of wounds sustained whilst leading a patrol in Helmand Province. Hailed a hero, Mark's death was a national sacrifice, his grave to be one of many in the identical, ordered rows in a military cemetery. But to his mother Margaret it was the most intimate of griefs. In Death of a Soldier, she attempts to reconcile her own unanswerable sense of loss with the idea that her son died for a good cause. With her, we confront the horror of his death and witness her struggle to see epithets such as 'heroic' and 'noble' as more than a mask to hide that ugliness. Included in the book is Mark's diary, kept while he was in Afghanistan and delivered to Margaret at home some weeks later. Widely quoted since its discovery, it contains the thoughts of a sensitive young officer and serves as a poignant reminder of the terrible human cost of the war in Afghanistan.

Death of a Soldier is an extraordinarily powerful tribute to Mark and a testament to Margaret's great love for him. It paints a portrait of Mark's short but accomplished life, b...

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