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Hove and Portslade in the Great War (Paperback)

WWI Home Front in WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918

By Judy Middleton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781783036431
Published: 18th July 2014
Last Released: 22nd July 2014

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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 Hove and Portslade were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years. A record of the growing disillusion of the people, their tragedies and hardships and a determination to see it through.

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.

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The Argus Brighton

Contains a lot of hitherto unknown information about Hove and Portslade in the Great War.

Army Rumour Service

If you have ever wondered how the Great War affected your local area, then this...is for you. Drawing largely on the Great War Archive at Hove Library, Judy Middleton has compiled a fascinating insight into the experiences of local men who served in the war and their families.

Sussex Life Magazine

An excellent title, in a growing series which shows much promise.

WWI Centenary

About Judy Middleton

Judy Middleton worked at Hove Library for over thirty years. She became interested in local history in the 1970s and published her first book in 1979. Since then there have been another fifteen books plus a 15-volume encyclopaedia of Hove and Portslade.

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