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Harrogate and Ripon in the Great War (ePub)

Military P&S History > Social History WWI World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside World History > UK & Ireland > Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Stephen Wade
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in The Great War
File Size: 12.1 MB (.epub)
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781473855564
Published: 5th September 2016


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Harrogate and Ripon, just a few miles apart in one of the most beautiful localities in Yorkshire, have rarely had their contributions to the Great War told all together, in one volume. Stephen Wade has written an account of their importance, from the Ripon camps, where thousands of infantrymen for Kitchener’s new Pals’ Battalions were trained, to the many Harrogate hospitals where casualties were cared for. Added to this are stories of local individuals, at home and in the European theatre of war, who played their part in this massive conflict.

Harrogate and Ripon,made the usual contributions to the war effort, raising money and making food, but the local people experienced many of the significant Yorkshire events of the war, such as the explosion at Barnbow munitions factory and the housing of Belgian refugees.

The book tells the stories of not only the heroes, such as Betty Stevenson and Donald Bell VC, but of the ordinary Yorkshire folk who endured the hardships and made great sacrifices.

The book provides ample evidence that Harrogate and Ripon, along with their surrounding areas, have a fine record for courage and determination during the First World War.

This book is notable among others I have read in the series for its very detailed list of sources, including printed and websites, in bibliography.

4.5 out of 5 (Read the complete review here.)

Army Rumour Service (ARRSE), Jean Sinclair

Part of the ever expanding Towns & Cities in the Great War series. This volume tells the story of both Harrogate and Ripon in one of the most picturesque parts of North Yorkshire. Thousands of men passed through Ripon's camps, most being trained for the new Kitchener battalions, while Harrogate's hospitals played a vital role in caring for the wounded and injured. Well written history.

Good local history. 9/10

The Great War Magazine, January 2017

Another volume in Pen and Sword's superb series on towns and cities and how they coped during the Great War - full of local personalities, excellent range of photos and facts that will engage and inform people of Harrogate and Ripon.

Books Monthly, November 2016 – reviewed by Paul Norman
 Stephen Wade

About Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade is a freelance writer specializing in the history of crime and the law in Britain and Ireland. He has written fourteen true crime and crime history books, including Tracing Your Police Ancestors and Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors. His history of detectives, Plain Clothes and Sleuths, was published in 2007 and he is currently completing a history of the City of London Police. He also teaches crime history at the University of Hull and, as a visiting lecturer, at Oxford. He has contributed to Family Tree Magazine, Ancestors and other periodicals.

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