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Today I went to the Remembrance Sunday parade, wreath laying and two minute silence in my home town of Colchester – a garrison town – and was moved to tears by the Band of the Parachute Regiment and the ranks of proud soldiers and veterans, many literally weighed down by their medals.

Tomorrow (Monday 12th November) I’ll be talking about the ones they left behind, and the thousands who went in search of their loved ones in the devastated lands of Flanders and the Somme, and showing photographs of those very first ‘battlefield tourists’. It’s a field of research I discovered when writing my latest book In Love and War.

My illustrated talk, Searching for Remembrance, is being hosted by the fabulous independent Caxton Books at the Oasis Centre, Connaught Avenue in Frinton on Sea. Tickets are £5, and it starts at 3pm. See you there.