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Southampton in The Great War (Paperback)

WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War

By John J Eddleston
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 111
ISBN: 9781783462964
Published: 3rd November 2014

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Many troops passed through Southampton on their way to the Western Front and it played a vital role as a staging post for departing troops and those returning badly injured.

Many of men from Southampton also joined up and the enormity of human sacrifice that the families of Southampton were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years was immense.

The Great War affected everyone. At home there were wounded soldiers in military hospitals, refugees from Belgium and later on German prisoners of war. There were food and fuel shortages and disruption to schooling. The role of women changed dramatically and they undertook a variety of work undreamed of in peacetime. Meanwhile, men serving in the armed forces were scattered far and wide. Extracts from contemporary letters reveal their heroism and give insights into what it was like under battle conditions.

Taking one year at a time, the author tells of the effects felt by Southampton throughout the conflict, the role of the Hampshire Regiment as well as the local aftermath of the war.

Southern Daily Echo

About John J Eddleston

John J. Eddleston is an authority on British criminal history and a prolific writer on the subject. His many books include Murderous Sussex, Murderous Manchester, Blind Justice, Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Executions, A Century of Welsh Murders and Executions, Manx Killers, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Southampton and Miscarriages of Justice: Famous London Cases.

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