Representing nation: women, obituaries and national biography

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Perhaps the most extraordinary obituary to appear in The Times in the 1950s was that of Amy M. Bradford. She was, it records, ‘the mother of four sons 5, much decorated in the First World War, one posthumously. Three of the four had been killed during the war. The obituary provides details about the second son's 'brave exploits 5 and the youngest son's 'act of conspicuous bravery and leadership in attack 5, an d the decorations that they won. A part from the characterisation of Bradford as 'the mother of four sons', the obituary refers to her life only in its final sentence:

On more than one occasion Mrs Bradford took her place at the Folkestone observance of Remembrance Day wearing the two Victoria Crosses and a Military Cross.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Presenting the Past
Subtitle of host publicationWomen and History
EditorsAnn-Marie Gallagher, Cathy Lubelska, Louise Ryan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315838670
ISBN (Print)9780582382190, 9781138475489
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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