• CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War

'The Searchers' book cover
Join Robert Sackville-West as he reveals the stories of those who searched for missing British soldiers after the First World War.

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By the end of the First World War, the whereabouts of more than half a million British soldiers were unknown. Most were presumed dead, lost forever beneath the battlefields. Countless families were consumed by a mission to discover what had happened to their loved ones, undertaking arduous, often hopeless journeys.

In this poignant talk, Robert Sackville-West tells the story of Britain’s century-long search to recover, identify and honour the missing soldiers of the First World War, from the department created to investigate soldiers’ fates to the modern-day use of DNA profiling. 

Robert Sackville-West studied History at Oxford University and went on to work in publishing. He now chairs the company which - alongside the National Trust - runs Knole in Kent, which has been the Sackville family's home for the past 400 years. Robert is the author of the critically acclaimed 'Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles' and 'The Disinherited'.

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