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Peterborough in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Social History Military

By Abigail Hamilton-Thompson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 111
ISBN: 9781473860124
Published: 13th May 2019

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When news of the war first broke out in 1914, the citizens of Peterborough could not have been prepared for the changes that would occur over the next four years. This book takes a detailed looks at Peterborough's involvement in the Great War from when it commenced in August 1914, to the Armistice in November 1918, covering in great detail its affect on the city and the every day lives of its people. For example, the factory Werner Pfeiderer & Perkins at Westwood Works was forced to change its name to Perkins Engineers due to the anti-German feeling at the outbreak of the war.

One in six of Peterborough's working age men did not return from the front line, and in one single day forty-six men from the city lost their lives. Many of these men came from Peterborough's factories. As a result, these factories looked to women to produce armaments and tanks, as well as repairing guns used in the trenches.

Edith Cavell, the famous British nurse, grew up in Peterborough and was shot dead in 1915 for assisting the escape of Allied soldiers from Belgium. Peterborough in the Great War is a poignant testimony not only to her bravery, but that of the city's people and their momenteous efforts.

The books in this series are really interesting because they reveal the life of small communities with the typical problems of a society at war: rationing, contribution to the war effort, commitment in factories, even small violations of the law such as keeping a stray dog ​​or waste of food! I love this series which I think is very useful to the historian to investigate the social aspects of the First World War.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

For anybody interested in the First World War, this series of “Your Towns and Cities in the Great War” by Pen and Sword will be of great interest, as they cover many places that don’t get much of a mention in more generalised history. I have discovered many things about my home town that I honestly did not know and the “Peterborough in the Great War” book has also helped me to look upon places and things that I did know about in a whole new light. I would heartily recommend this book and the others in the series.

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Fascinating Facts of WW1

The latest volume in Pen and Sword's brilliant town and city histories of how they coped during the Great War. I don't know Peterborough at all, but the author's tales of the people of this great city are terrific. A great social history commentary.

Books Monthly

The author has produced a charming account of the changes to Peterborough through the Great War. There is good illustration through the body of the book – Very Highly Recommended

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About Abigail Hamilton-Thompson

Abigail Hamilton-Thompson lives in Eastern England and has an extensive interest in local history and the great outdoors. She has written for various regional and national magazines. When not busy working on her next project, Abigail is researching her own family's involvement in both the First and Second World War.

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