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Northampton in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Social History Towns & Cities in the Great War Military

By Kevin Turton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 142
ISBN: 9781473834163
Published: 7th September 2016


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When war was declared in August 1914, Northampton was swept by a wave of patriotism. Men clamoured to join the ranks and fight in a war they believed would be short lived. There was a sense of excitement, with everyone wanting to do their bit for the country. They believed it was to be a glorious war and thousands, eager to be a part of it, queued outside the recruitment stations to enlist.

As that excitement subsided and the town settled into life at war, what really happened in Northampton? How did people react? What did they do and how did it affect their lives? This book describes in meticulous detail exactly what happened in those five years of the Great War and its impact on the town.

From the fevered excitement of the early months of war, through to the hope and expectation at its end, this is the story of Northampton's remarkable people and how they helped Belgian refugees who had fled the German invasion, organized fundraising events for the troops and local hospitals, accepted soldiers of the Welsh Fusiliers into their homes and worked long hours producing boots for the army.

Against a background of key military events, the book celebrates the huge contribution Northampton and all its people made towards the country’s war effort. It documents a war the like of which no one had ever seen before.

This popular series provides detailed snapshots of towns and cities during WWI with concise text and good images at a very affordable price. This new volume looks at Northampton in detail. – Highly Recommended.

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Northampton, like Canterbury, is a city I've known about but not in any detail, although I have driven through the county many times on my travels, of course. Kevin Turton reveals some of the intriguing and fascinating stories and statistics regarding the city during the Great War Years - an excellent and readable addition to the series.

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About Kevin Turton

Author Kevin Turton has been writing non-fiction since the mid 1990s and to date has published twelve books covering history and true crime. He now writes full time from his home in Northamptonshire

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