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Barking and Dagenham in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Le Cateau Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Victoria Crosses

By Stephen Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781473834156
Published: 12th June 2019

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The First World War was only a matter of days old when Barking placed itself firmly on the map, after Driver Job Henry Charles Drain of the 37th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was born in Barking on 18 October 1895, and on 26 August 1914, the 18-year-old Drain was at Le Cateau, France, when Captain Douglas Reynolds of the same battery was trying to recapture two guns. Driver Drain and another driver, Frederick Luke, volunteered to help and gave great assistance in the eventual saving of one of the guns. He survived the war and died on 26 July 1975 aged 79, and is buried at the Rippleside Cemetery at Barking. A second man, Laurence Calvert, who although not born in the area, died in Dagenham in 1964 aged 72, was also awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 12 September 1918 at Havrincourt, France at the Battle of Havrincourt.

Barking War Memorial is slightly unusual in that it is different from most, because it includes all those from the town who served (1812) in the First World War, those who returned home (1212) and the 600 men who didn't. It carries the names of 802 men from the town who gave their lives for their King and country, so that peace could prevail and the world could become a better place.

Fifty years on from the Great War and Barking & Dagenham would have been regarded by many as part of the London industrial sprawl and Ford Motor Co in the UK. One hundred years on and the contraction of Ford, and other factors, has created a different place, but at the time of the Great War it was a markedly different place - Very Highly Recommended

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Firetrench

This is a fascinating look at the two neighbouring hamlets of Barking and Dagenham in Essex, bt now considered to be part of outer London. My Mum was born and raised in Dagenham and would have loved to read this book, which is why I ased for a review copy. Like the book about Liverpool's women, this book celebrates the great and the good of Barking and Dagenham and looks at the impact on the two inseparable locations of the first world war. Beautifully written and illustrated, this is a great slice of social history.

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About Stephen Wynn

Stephen Wynn is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police for thirty years. His first book, Two Sons a in War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Fathers Conflict, was published in 2010. It is his personal account of his sons' first tours in Afghanistan. He had a grandparent who served in and survived the First World War.

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