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Conférence à Abbeville

I was delighted to be invited to give a talk about 'Yvonne, Child of the Somme' in French to an audience at the Abbeville Archives and Heritage centre in November 2023, as part of their Remembrance programme. This involved a great deal of preparation, as I am not fluent in French! Yvonne's story resonated with many people present, who knew of similar tales from within their own family histories. It brought home how common child abandonment due to poverty was in early 20th century France - and why it matters that Yvonne's story is shared. To my knowledge, my book is the first ever account of the fortunes of one such child.

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