Lyn Macdonald, Who Preserved Voices of World War I, Dies

Mistakenly, they called it the war to end all wars, a grinding collision of empires and nations from 1914 to 1918 that robbed the young of their youth in the mud-bound reaches of Flanders, the Somme and many other fields of battle. Its course and impact inspired a vast canon of military history and increasingly bleak verse from the trenches.

But in the early 1970s, different and sometimes forgotten voices from the war began to resurface, rising from the recollections of aging veterans who carried with them vivid memories that they might have taken to the grave had it not been for Lyn Macdonald.

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