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Castle Point in the Great War (Paperback)

Military WWI World History > UK & Ireland > Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Ken Porter, Stephen Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781473823112
Published: 9th March 2015



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A brief history on the various parishes that make up the Borough of Castle Point and what life was like prior to 1915. It includes stories of suspected aliens, conscientious objectors (The peculiar People), those who claimed exemption for business reasons and British overseas internees.

Although a book primarily intended for those interested in local history, I found it an extremely enjoyable read, probably because of the inclusion of invaluable newspaper reports, photographs, handwritten accounts and poems.

Friends of the National Archives

An illuminating account of South East Essex from 1914 to 1918, from where nearly 200 men lost their lives.

Essex Family Historian No.160

Part of the excellent 'Your Towns & Cities in the Great War' series, this volume records the memories and recollections of those who served and returned home. It also tells of the 189 men from the area who fell. Included throughout are wartime newspaper reports recounting daily life and telling of the sacrifices of those left at home. All aspects are covered including the role of women, the conscientious objectors and those exempt from serving in the military.

The Great War Magazine

'...it is a story of sadness and loss and the horror of conflict in the trenches. Yet once again you come away from the book moved by the guts, the endurance and, not least, the humour under stress of so called "ordinary" Essex people.'

Southend Echo

'Their research makes good use of local family collections, and - always a rich source material - the letters pages in local newspapers.'

Basildon Echo

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 Ken Porter

About Ken Porter

Ken is also retired, having spent his working life in accountancy as a finance director. These days he is a very well-respected local historian of many years standing. He was born under the very shadow of St Nicholas Church and hasnt ventured that far away from it over the years, still living in the Great Berry area of Langdon Hills today.

About Stephen Wynn

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.
When not writing Stephen can be found walking his dogs with his wife, Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning when most normal people are still fast asleep.

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