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Rotherham in the Great War (ePub)

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

By Margaret Drinkall
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
File Size: 83.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 138
ISBN: 9781473841260
Published: 6th October 2014

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Many Rotherham men had never fired a shot in their lives before they enlisted, to fight in what quickly became known as the Great War. Some of them had never travelled further than Sheffield or Doncaster and had only used lathes and ploughshares, prior to conscription. Now those same men were suddenly thrust into the mayhem of battlefields, trenches, violence and destruction. Whilst fathers, brother and sons were fighting abroad, Rotherham townspeople, found themselves in the midst of anti-German riots which took place on the weekend of Friday 14th May 1915. Violence and revenge was turned towards former neighbours and friends who were of German origin, even though they had lived peaceably in the town for many years. Reports of attacks by zeppelins resulted, not in local people taking shelter as was recommended, but rather taking to the fields and parks, often lifting children out of their beds to view these 'monsters' of the sky. The few lucky men and women who returned back to the town, found that life in Rotherham would never be the same again.

As seen in the Yorkshire Post.

Yorkshire Post

Fascinating reading for people with Rotherham roots, or for military and social historians.

Bradway Bugle

As seen in the Rotherham Advertiser.

Rotherham Advertiser

As seen in the Sheffield Telegraph.

Sheffield Telegraph

As seen in The Star (Sheffield).

The Star (Sheffield)
 Margaret Drinkall

About Margaret Drinkall

Local historian Margaret Drinkall retired in 2009 in order to concentrate on her passion for researching and writing. Her recent books include Rotherham Workhouse and true crime titles relating to Sheffield and Rotherham. Background to Margaret's writings and interests can be seen on her website, margaretdrinkall.co.uk, which also offers publication advice to new writers.

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