Peter Liddle was a pioneer in the recording of memories of personal experience in the First World War and in the social background of those who lived through those years. Later he moved into the recording of men and women for whom the Second World War was the formative experience of their lives.
In a planned two volume collection of the most outstanding interviews of the four thousand he made, he has chosen for this 1900-18 book memories which take the reader back as many as a hundred and twenty years to days in sailing ships, a Hebridean boyhood, suffragist action, pre-1914 working class life and work in the North-East of England and city life in London as well as service in the Boer War, pioneering a settlement in Manitoba, Canada, and the Army's experiments in the use of man-lifting kites, aeroplanes and balloons.
The main focus of the book is upon the First World War with the Western Front battles, the Gallipoli Campaign and the
Battle of Jutland prominently featured, but the Mesopotamian and East African fronts and women nursing under particularly unusual circumstances are represented too. Several Victoria Cross award winners and a fighter pilot ace appear as do those whose distinction was to come later in their lives like Harold Macmillan, Henry Moore, Gordon Jacob, Emanuel Shinwell, Barnes Wallis and Victor Silvester. There is even an interview with the first conscientious objector to be court-martialed and sentenced to death before commutation of the sentence.
This book is a veritable treasure trove of the past.
This book is a veritable treasure trove of the past.Heritage and History
This book is a veritable treasure trove of the past. Liddle is dedicated to the preservation of the evidence of the past and has particularly enjoyed drawing together in publications and conferences the research of... [read full review]Kent Family History Society Journal
Peter Liddle is the man responsible for the highly regarded Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds' Brotherton Library, a special archive of oral testimony painstakingly gathered from 1968 which he sought to record the... [read full review]Discover my Past, England and Scotland
Members may well be familiar with two earlier works by this author, "Men of Gallipoli" and "Gallipoli 1915 - Pens, Pencils and Cameras at War". "Captured Memories" is similar, extracts from recorded interviews held in... [read full review]David Saunders MBE
Several famous names are the subject of interviews in this collection, including Harold Macmillan, Henry Moore and Barnes Wallis. Yet their are contributions have been carefully selected for their wartime experiences, rather than for their... [read full review]Military Times
When we read the personal stories of those people who had the misfortune to be involved in that appalling conflict we expect to be moved. In this respect Captured Memories does not fail.
It is... [read full review]Britain at War
Peter Liddle is a pioneer in the use of oral history and 'Captures Memories' represents some of the most insightful interviews he has conducted.
Several famous names are the subject of interviews in this... [read full review]Jonathan Eaton
This collection is a vindication of the clear value of oral history. Liddle allows his clear interviewees to speak for themselves, a technique which gives their testimony particular power.
This books comes highly recommend... [read full review]Military Times
Having conducted over 4,000 interviews relating to key military events of the 20th century, Liddle has a veritable treasure trove of oral history sharp end of martial life. This selection focuses on the first two... [read full review]Scottish Field
Peter Liddle is the founder of two archives for the World Wars held by the University of Leeds. They represent 40 years of work to record people's memories of war and the social context around... [read full review]Your Family Tree
Few Wearsiders can lay claim to having the ear of such notables as Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, sculptor Henry Moore or bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis.
But as a pioneer in the recording of memories... [read full review]Sunderland Echo
As the begetter and long-time curator of the Liddle Collection of archives
at Leeds, the author is well qualifies to edit this amazing selection of
letters and narratives, penned initially by men and... [read full review]Michael Hickey
Few conflicts have evoked such powerful and evocative memories as the First World War. Much of this was because it was the first industrialised war and the first in which universal conscription meant that the... [read full review]John Grehan
The strength of this collection lies in the breadth of the experiences contained within the various case studies. This collection is a vindication of the clear value of oral history. Liddle allows his interviewees to... [read full review]Military Times
Captured Memories is intended to be a two-volume work providing a distillation of the most significant of the 4,000 interviews that Liddle has conducted. This is the first and covers WWI, divided into two sections... [read full review]Your Family Tree
Having conducted over 4,000 interviews relating to key military events of the 20th century, Liddle has a veritable treasure trove of oral history at his disposal, often told by those at the sharp end of... [read full review]Scottish Field
In this, the first of a planned two volume collection (the 2nd, logically, will cover the period of World War II) Peter Liddle has conducted thousands of interviews with men and women who recorded their... [read full review]Carl (customer review)
Peter Liddle has made it his mission in life to capture an oral history of the World War eras. He is determined that the human experience of such extraordinary times won’t be lost forever when... [read full review]Lisa
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About Dr Peter Liddle
Former teacher, lecturer and founder/director of two archives on the world wars of the twentieth century, Peter Liddle is a well-published historian of personal experience in those wars with books on
Gallipoli, The Somme and D-Day. He is dedicated to the preservation of the evidence of the past and has particularly enjoyed drawing together in publications and conferences the research of others in the field..
He has a lifetime of interest in sport, history travel and wildlife. He lives with his wife, Louise, in Rawdon, Leeds. He is Life President of The Second World War Experience Centre.
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