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Barnsley in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Yorkshire and Humberside Social History Home Front in WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Barnsley Military England

By Geoffrey Howse
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 199
ISBN: 9781473827387
Published: 5th June 2017


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Geoffrey Howse is well known for his books on Yorkshire subjects, including six books in the Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths series, two of which cover Barnsley and District and a third which covers South Yorkshire as a whole. In Barnsley in the Great War, he has pulled out the stops and delved deeply into a wide range of diverse events that took place throughout Barnsley during the time when the most horrendous conflict known to man was raging abroad.

As well as including interesting passages about the enormous changes that were taking place concerning the employment of women in roles they had never imagined possible, he has also assembled some fascinating accounts spanning the whole of Barnsley, packed with interesting sometimes mind-blowing facts about this beautiful area and its wonderful people. Within its seven absorbing chapters covering the prelude to the Great War and its aftermath, this book is sure to capture the curiosity of all individuals with an interest in the social history of Barnsley.

The author has assembled some fascinating accounts packed with interesting facts.

Good local history. 9/10

The Great War magazine, September 2017

A great book covering the wider history whilst still maintaining the feeling of what it meant to the people of this small industrial town.

Barnsley FHS

I awaited with impatience the publication of Geoffrey's book and I was delighted to find that it exceeded my expectations. He has provided a comprehensive and entertaining account of life in Barnsley throughout the war. This book is Geoffrey's first military history and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone with an interest in Barnsley in the First World War. I hope he will continue to expand his repertoire!

Jane Ainsworth Author of Great Sacrifice: the Old Boys of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School in the First World War (Helion & Company, March 2016)

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About Geoffrey Howse

Geoffrey Howse is well known for his books on South Yorkshire history. A specialist true crime author, Geoffrey has also published several books relating to London, including an A-Z of London Murder.

Born in Sheffield and brought up in Elsecar and Hoyland, Geoffrey, an actor/writer by profession, has lived in London for over 35 years.

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The ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918 was supposed to be the conclusion of the ‘war to end all wars’. Just twenty-one years after the armistice was signed, Barnsley, its borough and the world braced itself for a global conflict that history would eventually testify to be deadlier than the war that destroyed a generation of Barnsley men and boys. After the Great War, the famous market town stumbled into a new era that promised social change, including universal suffrage, economic and political stability and establishments of new international organisations…

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