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The Home Front: Sheffield in the First World War (Paperback)

P&S History > Social History WWI > Home Front World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside

By Scott C Lomax
Imprint: Pen & Sword Social History
Pages: 270
Illustrations: 50 B&W
ISBN: 9781781592960
Published: 15th January 2014
Last Released: 15th May 2020



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The First World War saw many changes to Sheffield that have helped shape what the city is today. It is apt that as we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war, whilst paying our respects to those who were killed serving our country, we recognise the impact that the war had on those at home.

This brand new publication details the human experiences, thoughts, concerns, fears and hopes of a city during one of the most important periods in its history, including the run up to war and the reaction to its outbreak; the efforts of those who could not fight; industry and how workers were instrumental in creating the weapons and tools that would help Britain win the war, along with the city's role in treating and entertaining wounded soldiers and the role of the University of Sheffield and the effect of the war on education. The part women played in the munitions factories plus a devestating Zeppelin raid over Sheffield are also covered in detail.

For the first time in its history, Sheffield realised that the horrors of war were not confined to overseas battles but that they could be witnessed and experienced in their own neighbourhoods.

As seen in The Yorkshire Post, Sheffield Telegraph, The Star (Sheffield), Bradway Bugle and Grapevine Magazine.

As seen in The Star (Sheffield).

The Star (Sheffield)

This book is filled with a most interesting collection of photographs and drawings throughout. They add greatly to the story which includes many personal reflections from those who lived through those days. The author has worked skillfully through all aspects of life on the Home Front.


Scott Lomax has a superb new book out about life on the 'home front' in World War One – and it's packed with some remarkable pictures too.

Reflections Magazine

About Scott C Lomax

Scott has a degree in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield as well as approximately three and a half years of fieldwork experience. Scott has been involved in Nottingham's archaeology since October 2008. He has created the Nottingham Urban Archaeological Database and has worked as a researcher for the Nottingham Caves Survey Project. Scott is currently employed by a Nottingham archaeology company working on a project called The Origins of Nottingham.

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