Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Egypt and Palestine Campaigns (Paperback)
A Guide for Family Historians
Author article as featured online by Family Tree magazine - Stuart Hadaway explores the myth that the servicemen who served in World War I experienced an ‘easy war’ in comparison to their Western Front counterparts
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Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Egypt and Palestine Campaigns is the first book explicitly aimed at helping the descendants of those who fought in this part of the Middle East find out more about their ancestor’s actions, experiences and achievements. Their wartime lives were very different to those who served on the Western Front, and yet have never before been explored from this angle.
Hundreds of thousands of British and Imperial troops fought in the Western Desert, Sinai Desert, Palestine, the Jordan Valley and Syria. They served in conditions quite unlike those more familiarly faced in France and Flanders, with everyday challenges to survival including the heat, lack of water, hostile wildlife and rampant disease. The fighting too was of a different character, with more open, sweeping campaigns across desert and mountains, and comparatively little systematic trench warfare.
As well as giving the reader a vivid impression of the experience of wartime service in the region, Stuart Hadaway’s handbook provides a guide to the main sources, archives and websites that researchers can consult to get an insight into their ancestor’s role and their contribution to the war effort.
This book is well illustrated with contemporary photographs and has a chronology from August 1914 to July 1919, as well as a full bibliography and a list of websites, and is indexed. It will be useful for anyone whose ancestors served in these campaigns or who is interested in this period of the Great War.Essex Family History Society
Stuart Hadaway has produced a very valuable and extremely readable book and I cannot recommend it highly enough - even if you do not have ancestors who served in that theatre of the war.Lucy London, War Poets
The publication of Stuart Hadaway’s addition to the Pen & Sword family history series covering the campaigns in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War is timely, coming in the centenary year of the capture of Jerusalem by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) and renewed academic interest in the wider scope of the war. The book also fills a much-needed gap for those family historians wishing to trace ancestors who served in this important campaign, for too long regarded as a side-show to the colossal struggle on the Western Front.Historical Researcher, Heathcliffe Bowen
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The book provides a valuable guide to military service in Egypt and Palestine in the First World War, while also giving The reader an insight into the actual experience of war in the region 100 years ago.Jon Sandison, Freelance
The publication of Stuart Hadaway’s addition to the Pen & Sword family history series covering the campaigns in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War is timely, coming in the centenary year of the capture of Jerusalem by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) and renewed academic interest in the wider scope of the war. The book also fills a much-needed gap for those family historians wishing to trace ancestors who served in this important campaign, for too long regarded as a side-show to the colossal struggle on the Western Front...Western Front Association, Heathcliffe Bowen
If your ancestors served in the Middle East, Stuart Hadaway's guide will help you explore their roles and the appalling conditions they endured, sadly often with little thanks or recognition.Family Tree, September 2017
Hadaway has produced a particularly useful book that is easy to follow, informative and well-illustrated, not to mention a joy to read. This title sits within a wider series dedicated to family research during the First World War, but if your ancestor served in Egypt or Palestine this is the book for you!Who Do You Think You Are, August 2017
An essential guide for anyone whose ancestors were engaged in these two iconic campaigns during world war one. This series from Pen and Sword is unparalleled and goes from strength to strength.Books Monthly
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This accessible, well-organized, easy-to-use beginners' guide to the world of family history is essential reading for anyone who wants to find their way into this fascinating subject. In a series of short, practical chapters Simon Fowler takes readers through all the first steps that will reveal the lives of their ancestors and the world they lived in. He looks at every aspect of research, from finding family papers and interviewing relatives, through exploring websites, archives, newspapers and directories, to all the other sources that can throw a light into the past. In a clear, straightforward…By Simon Fowler
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