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Brighton in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Douglas d'Enno
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781783032990
Published: 1st February 2016

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Although the impact of the Great War on Brighton was profound, the seaside town was spared any direct attack by the enemy. The fear of spies and sabotage, however, was widespread at first and aliens were an issue which had to be swiftly resolved under new legislation. Allies, of course, were warmly welcomed, and accommodation was soon provided for those fleeing the catastrophic events in Belgium.

Between 1914 and 1918, Brighton made major contributions to the war effort in many ways: by responding readily to the call to arms, by caring for great numbers of wounded (the story of the exotic Royal Pavilion being used as a hospital for Indian casualties is widely known locally) and by simply being itself – an open and welcoming resort that offered sanctuary, respite and entertainment to besieged Londoners and to other visitors, from every stratum of society.

The book looks at the fascinating wartime roles of Brighton’s women, who quietly played a vital part in transport services, industrial output and food production. Non-combatant menfolk also kept the wheels turning under very trying circumstances. When the meat shortage became acute, the mayor himself took direct action, requisitioning ninety sheep at Brighton Station for the town which were destined for butchers’ shops in London.

The names of no fewer than 2,597 men and three women who made the supreme sacrifice were inscribed on the town’s memorial, which was unveiled at the Old Steine on 7 October 1922 by Earl Beatty. At the ceremony, the earl declared that ‘it was by duty and self-sacrifice that the war was won.’ It remained, he said, for those who had survived the conflict to ensure that the great sacrifices of the past, both by the dead and by the living, should not have been made in vain. We remember them in this book.

All in all this is a fine book which delivers on what it promises, a history of Brighton during the First World War. The author has rightly in my view eschewed any attempt to draw out any grand themes or wider conclusions – focusing on providing a carefully researched piece of local history. It provides an interesting read for anyone who enjoys learning about life on the home front – and will of course hold particular value for anyone who lives in or has a connection to the town itself. There is also a very good section at the end providing information on sources and further reading.

Recommended for readers who want something colourful and lively – no heavy going – and enjoy a good time. Much like Brighton itself!

Read the full review here.

The Western Front Association, Dennis Williams

'This is a lovingly researched and absorbing read, and the copious illustrations evocatively capture a long-gone era.'

Sussex Life

A fascinating book, packed with detail and very nicely illustrated.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine July 2016

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 Douglas D'Enno

About Douglas d'Enno

Douglas d'Enno is a historian, linguist and journalist who has made an exhaustive study of the impact of the First World War not only on Brighton but also on Britain's fishermen and their vessels (the first volume of his Fishermen Against the Kaiser was published by Pen & Sword in 2010, with research continuing for the second). After a career which included several years spent applying his linguistic and editorial skills in a publishing environment - primarily - as a translator in public service, he has devoted himself to writing and research. Through contributions in the past to The Argus and local/community publications, he has established a reputation as a leading authority on Brighton and the surrounding area. Published works include The Saltdean Story (1985), The Church in a Garden (2001), Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths around Brighton (published by Wharncliffe/Pen & Sword in 2004), Brighton Crime and Vice 1800-2000 (published in 2007, also by Wharncliffe/Pen & Sword), and a number of 'then and now' pictorial books on the Brighton area and on Sussex. A book on the county's railway stations through time is in preparation and plans are being laid for a book on Brighton in the Second World War2.

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