Before the Great War began, Ireland had already begun to take up arms. Conflict and political unrest was at the forefront of everyone's mind as the country was trying to liberate itself. Newtownards was to become the centre in the eye of the storm which would shape the country for the next hundred years. But when War threatens the lives of countless people, it was the men of Ulster and Ireland that answered the call. Newtownards in the Great War tells the tales of the men and women who were prepared to sacrifice everything they had in order to be free from persecution and serve their King with pride. From the beginnings of the UVF to the division of Ireland, Newtownards and the Ards peninsula held the secrets of the men and shaped the world in a way no-one thought would be possible.
Reviewed alongside Cumbria at War 1939–45Miniature Wargames, October 2019 – reviewed by Chris Jarvis
Both volumes have engaging black and white photos that convey a sense of a community in wartime, and the writing style is good. As wargamers we almost inevitably ignore the Home Front except in calculating industrial resources for a high-level game, but these titles show the impact on community, industry and families alike.
Have read this book. Was well written and photos where lovely to see. Real Great in site to the history of Ards and surrounding areas. Really enjoyable book that you can't put down. We'll done to Lindsay Allister.Heather Allister