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Chester in the Great War (ePub)

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

By Susan Chambers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in The Great War
File Size: 34.6 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473846487
Published: 7th January 2015


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At the outbreak of the Great War, Chester was transformed from a county market town with some nice shops and lots of day-trippers, to a bustling, frantically busy military centre with men and horses everywhere. As they left for the war zones, or to go to other parts of the country for training, the city settled down to the hard work of dealing with the absence of so many men from vital jobs – a challenge eventually tackled by many of the city's women. Life was hard, money was short for some, though others earned good wages in the ammunition works.

It soon became obvious that many men would never come back.
But life in the city went on, everyone played their part, the cinemas and theatres stayed open, as did the pubs (though with reduced hours). Concerts kept the people entertained and helped to raise vital funds, and news films kept them up-to-date with the latest from the Front. But, eventually it was over and the city had a different set of problems to deal with…

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About Susan Chambers

Susan Chambers currently lives in Chester, and spends much of her time in Cheshire Record Office, doing local history research and also working as a volunteer. She has written and contributed to several books and articles on the history of Crewe and Neston. Susan is a member of the committee of Cheshire Local History Association, and is currently editing a major work on the early history of the parish of Neston.

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