Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the by David William Lloyd

By David William Lloyd

In the aftermath of the good warfare, a wave of holiday makers and pilgrims visited the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the battle. The cultural background of this ‘battlefield tourism' is chronicled during this soaking up and unique booklet, which exhibits how the phenomenon served to build reminiscence in Britain, in addition to in Australia and Canada. the writer demonstrates that top and occasional tradition, culture and modernism, the sacred and the profane have been frequently inter-related, instead of polar opposites. a few of the responses to the particular and imagined landscapes of battlefields are mentioned, in addition to bereavement and the way this was once formed via gender, faith and the army event. person reminiscence and event mixed with nationalism and ‘imperial' id as strong forces informing the pilgrim event. yet this ebook not just analyzes commute to battlefields, which unsurprisingly paralleled the expansion of the trendy vacationer undefined; it additionally seems to be heavily on the transformation of nationwide struggle memorials into pilgrimage websites, and indicates how responses either to battlefields and memorials, which proceed to function effective symbols, advanced within the years after the good War.

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157 It was also evident in descriptions of battlefield travel. In the best-selling author Elinor Glyn’s romantic novel Six Days the hero, Major David Lamont, escorts his new love Laline Lester over the battlefields in France. The description of their journey assumes that Laline is an outsider to the war experience. When confronted by the cemeteries, shattered trees and ruined villages she admits to David: ‘Oh! And to think that I laughed and danced through it all – and only played at war work! ’ ‘That’s it,’ said David and there was a mist in his eyes.

4 June 1923, p. 1770. 126. Church Army, ‘Guide for Graves Pilgrims’, PRO, WO 32 - 5879. 127. Minutes of Proceedings of the IWGC, 26 Sept. 1934, NAC, RG 38 Vol. 349. 128. British-Australasian, X X XVIII (May 1918), p. 3. 129. Eastern Daily Press, 13 Nov. 1923. 130. I. Hay, Their Name Liveth: The Book of the Scottish National War Memorial (London, 1931). 39 Battlefield Tourism The Dichotomy between Battlefield Tourism and Pilgrimage In the descriptions of battlefield tours the language of pilgrimage merged with that of tourism.

116–18. 78. F. W. Ogilvie, The Tourist Movement: An Economic Study (London, 1933), p. 99. 79. E. Brunner, Holiday Making and the Holiday Trades (London, 1945), p. 6. 80. H. Gosling, Up and Down Stream (London, 1927), pp. 210–11. Geoffrey Franklin (London, 1933), p. 103. 81. IWM, Annual Reports (1922–39). J. A. ), Wonderful Britain: Its Highways, Byways and Historic Places, Vol. III, 22 (London, 1928– 9), pp. 1017–36, 1083–1102, 1137–56. 82. Norval, The Tourist Industry, p. 48. See Chapter 3 for a detailed discussion of patterns of travel to the battlefields.

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