Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Last Salute to Oldest War Veteran

As discussed in Monday's class, there are only a small number of veterans that fought in World War One and earlier that still survive. One of these heroes, Alfred Anderson of Scotland, died last week and his achievements are briefly featured in a section of the BBC's website. What's even more astonishing is that not only did Alfred Anderson fight in World War I, but up until his death he clearly remembered the Boer War and the return of the troops from the Boer War. Doing research on the Boer War to understand its context within The General, it is extremely saddening to think that we lost one of the few human beings left that was alive during such an historical event and of whom can no longer visibly remind us of the sacrifices made for our safety and security today. He was also thought to have been the longest surviving veteran of the 1914 Christmas truce. Alfred Anderson died in a nursing home at the very ripe age 109.


Blogger Lisa Moxon said...

It is sad that we have come to the time where we are losing our WWI/II veterans. In many of the history classes I've taken that deal with 20th c. history, there is often a strong focus on the personal narrative, probably because we are still able to get first hand accounts of what happened. I've done papers, for example, based on interviews with members of my family who participated in WWII. Of course, historiography (the study of how we study history) is constantly evolving. I used to work for a man in his 70's that has his doctorate in history from Columbia U. We would have tea and talk for hours about the projects I was working on. It was amazing to find out the differences in our approaches to history. While he only cared about battles, for example, I was trying to explain to him the importance of considering the women's point of view.

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