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Wakefield in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Home Front in WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Military History

By Tim Lynch
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 223
ISBN: 9781473847415
Published: 10th August 2017

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The Great War saw thousands of Wakefield men enlist in the armed forces, serving in every arm of the services. Wakefield in the Great War tells the story of the men who fought and the families they left behind.

This was total war. Volunteers worked tirelessly as nurses in local auxiliary hospitals, cared for Belgian refugees, sent food parcels to prisoners of war, fed soldiers during their long waits at railway stations and stitched sandbags to send to the Front. At nearby country estates, the 'Gorgeous Wrecks' practised manoeuvres at weekend camps.

Wakefields engineering firms set the model for war production from shells to backpacks. Children gathered chestnuts and moss to help the war effort and stood patiently for hours in long queues to feed their families. The prison became home to conscientious objectors and the target for running battles in the street outside so that men had to find ways of sneaking over the walls to get back into jail.

Wakefield in the Great War is the untold story of a time that would change the city forever.

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About Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and the Historical Writers Association, specializing in the social and military history of the twentieth century and currently working with community groups on a variety of commemorative projects linked to the Great War centenary. He has written widely on the Great War, has published eight books and is a regular contributor to magazines in the UK and US.

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