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Romford in the Great War (Paperback)

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

By Stephen Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 206
ISBN: 9781473822207
Published: 4th October 2016

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Romford in the Great War tells the remarkable story of Romford and its surrounding areas from the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, to the long-awaited peace of 1918.

Romford had a considerable military connection during the war. The area was largely associated with the famous Sportsman's Battalions, the 23rd and 24th Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers, that, as the title suggests, was made up of well-known sportsmen of the day. Initially, the battalion stayed at Hare Hall camp in Romford and Grey Towers Camp in Hornchurch, respectively. The equally famous Artists Rifles took over Hare Hall after the Sportsman Battalion left, and went on to become a renowned officer training corps.

The book takes a detailed look at the district's war memorials and rolls of honour, that commemorate the names of the local young men who answered the call to arms to protect their king and country. Wynn explores some of these names in more detail, tweaking out their individual stories of heroism, bravery and devotion to duty no matter what price they had to pay. He also offers a unique flavour of what everyday life was like for the local community, by looking through the local newspapers of the day. A growing paranoia among the masses is addressed, as are the important roles of women, who were keeping the country on top form, whether delivering mail, driving a taxi or working in a local factory, while their husbands, brothers, uncles, sons and fathers were off fighting the war.

This is a superb account of the people of Romford's outstanding determination to see the war through.

Part of the popular Towns & Cities in the Great War series. This volume tells the story of Romford in Essex and the surrounding areas. Romford has a considerable military connection during the war and was associated with the famous Sportsmans' Battalions, the 23rd and 24th Royal Fusiliers, and the Artists Rifles. The author offers a flavour of everyday life in the area and covers the various roles of women who stepped up to take on the tasks vacated by their men going off to war.

Good local history. 9/10

The Great War Magazine, January 2017

About Stephen Wynn

Stephen Wynn is a retired Police officer who served with Essex Police for thirty years. His first book, Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Fathers Conflict, was published in 2010. It is his personal account of his sons’ first tours in Afghanistan. Both of his grandparents served in and survived the First World War.

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