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Tynemouth in the Great War (ePub)

Military WWI > Home Front World History > UK & Ireland > England World History > UK & Ireland > Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Dr Craig Armstrong
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Your Towns & Cities in The Great War
File Size: 18.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 162
ISBN: 9781473865594
Published: 18th November 2019


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Tynemouth Borough, which included the towns of Tynemouth and North Shields, was an area of strategic value to the national war effort as it contained the mouth of the river Tyne and was the entry point to the most important munitions centre in Britain. Industry upriver included the manufacture of munitions, armaments, and military and civilian ships, whilst the port of Tyne was one of the busiest in the country with its internationally important coal export industry.

Away from its industrial importance the area was also a hotbed of military recruitment. In common with the rest of the north east, Tynemouth had large numbers of young men who were serving in the forces before the outbreak of the war. Its record for wartime recruitment was second to none and it lay in a key recruitment area for the local regiment, the Northumberland Fusiliers, who raised over fifty battalions during the war – a record. Given its location on the coast, Tynemouth also had a proud tradition of service in the Merchant Navy and many Tynemouth men had the sea in their blood, whilst North Shields was the home base of a large and active fishing fleet. Many of the men who manned the trawlers saw active service, whilst others were exposed to even greater dangers due to the war.

This engaging book is the first to look at the fascinating social history of Tynemouth during the shattering years of the Great War and charts the huge sacrifices made by the people of Tynemouth.

Craig Armstrong the author of this book, has also written a number of these books. He strikes an excellent balance in these books between national and local events and the local stories are always a great read. The mix of text and images in the book always make it an easy read and I would say a reader of any standard would enjoy this book whether you were a beginner or an expert on the subject. I would greatly recommend these books as I have always done.

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UK Historian

This popular series provides detailed snapshots of towns and cities during WWI with concise text good images at a very affordable price. This new volume looks at Tynemouth in detail. – Highly Recommended.

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Craig Armstrong’s well-written work is a good read for anyone interested in the Great War, wherever they live.

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Alnwick Family History Society

More battalions were inspired to sign up from Tynemouth and North Shields for the Great War than anywhere else in the country; as someone whose close family includes a member who signed up under age and survived the Great War, this book holds a particular interest for me, although the entire series is fascinating to read. Craig Armstrong is among a select number of authors who have taken the time and care to compile this fascinating social history, and he uncovers a number of interesting stories, making this a compelling read.

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The Great War Magazine, May 2019

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Cher Ami, IPMS Great War SIG

About Dr Craig Armstrong

Born and bred in Northumberland, Dr Craig Armstrong is an experienced historian,with a special interest in the history of the North East of England and Scotland. He works as a freelance author and has taught history at both Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

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