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‘From Your Ever Anxious and Loving Father’: Faith, Fatherhood, and Masculinity in One Man’s Letters to His Son during the First World War

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010032
Received: 27 January 2020 / Revised: 19 March 2020 / Accepted: 20 March 2020 / Published: 24 March 2020
In the early months of 1916, Charles Robb a retired shipping clerk in the East End of London, England, wrote a series of letters to his 19-year-old son Arthur, an army private awaiting embarkation to the Western Front. Charles Robb was my great grandfather and Arthur Robb was my grandfather. The letters offer an intriguing glimpse of one man ‘doing’ fatherhood under conditions of traumatic separation and extreme anxiety. This paper presents an analysis of the letters from a psychosocial perspective, exploring the ways in which the writer exhorts his son to live up to the ideals of Christian manhood, while managing the anxiety of separation by presenting a reconstruction in language of the familiar world of home and church. View Full-Text
Keywords: fatherhood; war; masculinity; family history; religion fatherhood; war; masculinity; family history; religion
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Robb, M. ‘From Your Ever Anxious and Loving Father’: Faith, Fatherhood, and Masculinity in One Man’s Letters to His Son during the First World War. Genealogy 2020, 4, 32. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010032

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Robb M. ‘From Your Ever Anxious and Loving Father’: Faith, Fatherhood, and Masculinity in One Man’s Letters to His Son during the First World War. Genealogy. 2020; 4(1):32. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010032

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Robb, Martin. 2020. "‘From Your Ever Anxious and Loving Father’: Faith, Fatherhood, and Masculinity in One Man’s Letters to His Son during the First World War" Genealogy 4, no. 1: 32. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010032

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