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Chichester in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI British History Social History Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918

By John J Eddleston
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 101
ISBN: 9781783463282
Published: 6th December 2016

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Tangmere Airfield had a prominent role in the Air War from 1916 onwards and many local men joined the Royal Sussex Regiment. This book looks at how the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Chichester were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years.

The Great War affected everyone. At home there were wounded soldiers in military hospitals, refugees from Belgium and later on German prisoners of war. There were food and fuel shortages and disruption to schooling. The role of women changed dramatically and they undertook a variety of work undreamed of in peacetime. Meanwhile, men serving in the armed forces were scattered far and wide. Extracts from contemporary letters reveal their heroism and give insights into what it was like under battle conditions.

Another in the excellent Your Towns & Cities in the Great War series. This slim volume tells the story of the ancient city of Chichester, West Sussex, and its important role as a regional hub during the war. When the call to arms came the people of the city rallied and played their part. This is their story, at home and abroad, of the men and women of Chichester, the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters who played their part.

Good local history. 8/10

The Great War magazine, March 2017 - reviewed by Mark Marsay

About John J Eddleston

John J. Eddleston is an authority on British criminal history and a prolific writer on the subject. His many books include Murderous Sussex, Murderous Manchester, Blind Justice, Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Executions, A Century of Welsh Murders and Executions, Manx Killers, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Southampton and Miscarriages of Justice: Famous London Cases.

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