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Dorking in the Great War (ePub)

Military WWI > By Year > 1914 WWI > By Year > 1915 WWI > By Year > 1916 WWI > By Year > 1917 WWI > By Year > 1918 World History > UK & Ireland > Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Kathryn Atherton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in The Great War
File Size: 72.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781473854406
Published: 26th February 2015


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From Zeppelin raids to housing refugees and evacuees or from men volunteering to fight or women working in the local Gunpowder factory, Dorking in the Great War 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 Dorking 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.

The Dorking volume has been a labour of love for Kathy Atherton who is well-known and key figure at the local museum where she has a responsibility for exhibitions. In addition Kathy is a battlefield guide in Ypres and on the Somme and there interests combine with her knowledge of local families and their history. It is very obvious that she knows her subject well...

... This is a fascinating an extremely revealing work written by someone with substantial mastery of her subject. Although these books are likely to be read by local people they hold a huge resource of knowledge for social historians or for the general reader interested in the Home Front during the war. There is a significant detail of local families caught up in the crisis and many pages of interesting and relevant photographs. This is an excellent book that will be sold locally for many years to come.

Surrey Constabulary History Journal online, July 2016– Robert Bartlett

A fascinating insight into Dorking during the war.

WW1 Geek

This is in the Pen and Sword series 'Your Towns and Cities in the Great War' which is shaping up to be a useful and interesting series for the WW1 Centenary... In the book there is some great material, backed up with excellent illustrations.

WW1 Centenary

Combines fasinating personal stories with an overall social history of the town and its experience of war. It tells the hardship and sacrifice that faced the people of Dorking from the outbreak of war in 1914, when the town band played troops off from the station, to the peace celebrations in July 1919.

Dorking Advertiser

A book detailing many touching personal details that emerged about Mole Valley families during the period.

Surrey Advertiser
 Kathryn Atherton

About Kathryn Atherton

After an MPhil in 17th Century Studies, Kathryn wrote for the Oxford English Dictionary, she then spent 10 years as a city lawyer. She is currently responsible for exhibitions at Dorking Museum and regularly leads guided walks and speaks on local history in the Dorking area. She has published three books on local history and is currently researching a book on the lives of suffragette campaigners Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and the fight for the vote in the Surrey Hills. Kathy runs guided tours to Ypres and the Somme, and has been able to combine her interest in the Great War with the history of Dorking in preparation of this book.

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