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Newark in the Great War (Paperback)

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

By Trevor Frecknall
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781783831678
Published: 30th August 2014
Last Released: 13th August 2014



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Newark-on-Trent's position at the crossroads of the Great North Road and Fosse Way plus the Great North Eastern and Midland railway lines left inhabitants endlessly fearful that it would be a prime target when – rather than if – the Germans attacked England from the North Sea. The East Midlands town had been besieged during the Civil War; and the Vicar of the Parish Church lost no time in August 1914 urging the menfolk to keep the enemy far from the town's boundaries. Thousands left their rat-invested hovels to fight for King and Country. Their womenfolk took their places in factories that switched from making wooden buildings and agricultural machinery to manufacturing munitions. The children were taught for only half-days after their schools became barracks for trainee soldiers, were encouraged to spend their holidays working on farms – and were allowed to leave education aged only 13 so that they could start work.

As featured on BBC Radio Nottingham and in the Newark Advertiser and Bingham Advertiser.

The hours of research that writer Trevor Frecknall must have put into producing 'Newark in the Great War' is clear for all to see. This book is packed full of stories – most of them harrowing, all of them heroic – of local soldiers serving on the front line. The horrors of the time are hammered home with page after page paying tribute to the fallen, although it was also nice to find out what happened to those who survived. For a comprehensive look at Newark's great war effort, this book will be hard to beat.

Newark Advertiser
 Trevor Frecknall

About Trevor Frecknall

Trevor Frecknall, born and educated in Newark, covered mostly sporting dramas during 48 years in journalism Nottingham Forests European Cup triumphs when Brian Clough was winning everything but the Boat Race; athletics successes from Linford Christie and Sally Gunnell to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis and has written several history books as well as All Lifes a Game about his Clough years. From the moment he began researching Newark in The Great War in 2012, he recognised this was the greatest challenge of his career to do justice to those who gave their all in The Great War.

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