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Isle of Wight in the Great War (Paperback)

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

By M J Trow
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781783463015
Published: 2nd March 2015

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The Isle of Wight went to war in August 1914 along with the rest of Britain. German waiters were arrested. The tourist trade slumped. Foreigners were denounced and lads from all walks of life flocked to the Colours. Then came privations, losses, hospitals full of the sick and crippled. After conscription was brought in tribunals were set up to catch draft-dodgers. Thousands of pounds were raised for the war effort and lectures, rallies and the local press all did their bit to keep morale high. There are no official figures for the Island's war dead, but 300 of the Isle of Wight Rifles fell on one day at Gallipoli in August 1915.
The original plan to commemorate the dead was to erect a cross in Winchester but that changed so that every Island parish had a memorial of its own. Ex-Islanders from as far away as Australia and Canada volunteered to fight for king and country in this war to end all wars.

A good general account.

WW1 Centenary

Containing more than images, Isle of Wight in the Great War, is described as an ideal read for military and social historians and a fitting testament to the courage and endurance of the Island's residents. He (the author) encapsulates well-known facts and little-known nuggets, including the claim the first Island casualty of war fell in the street outside the 29 High Street office of the County Press in Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press

About M J Trow

M.J. Trow was educated as a military historian at King’s College, London, specialising in British cavalry. He is probably best known today for his true crime and crime fiction works, but his first book for Pen and Sword was The Pocket Hercules, a biography of William Morris who led the 17th Lancers in the Charge of the Light Brigade. Amongst other things, he collects cavalry uniforms and equipment and is never happier than when delving into the dark corners of antique shops. He divides his time between homes in the Isle of Wight and the Land of the Prince Bishops.

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