Looks at how the Great War affected Wearsiders from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German Kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Sunderland were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years – including local Zeppelin attacks and experiences of those fighting for the DLI and other regiments.
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.
As a boy Clive Dunn was fascinated by the stories his grandfather told about what he did in World War 1. It was the start of a lifelong interest in the conflict and now Clive has included the family tales of Pte Stanley Douglas in...Sunderland in the Great War.Chronicle Live Website
The book includes meticulously researched material, including a patriotic march by the town's Boy Scouts and recruitment campaigns at Roker Park.Sunday Sun
'Sunderland in the Great War'...recalls life on the home front in the conflict as well as stories of soldiers from the town. The book includes meticulously-researched material including a patriotic march by the town's Boy Scouts and recruitment campaigns at Roker Park. The book also tells of a zeppelin raid on Sunderland, attacks on business premises owned by Germans and Austrians, the formation of Pals Battalions and the role played by members of the Vaux brewing family.Newcastle Chronicle Live
This book is a mine of information, material derived from council reports and newspapers and liberally illustrated.Northumberland & Durham Family History Society