Shrewsbury in the Great War


By: Dorothy Nicolle
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9781783831135
Published: 17th December 2014
RRP / Print Price: £9.99

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Shrewsbury in the Great War

Wars are not just about the people who fight. Those who wait at home suffer too. This book gives an insight into how the people of Shrewsbury lived through those years. 

Chapters describe the arrival in the town of Belgian refugees and, not long afterwards, of prisoners of war and the reaction of the local people to them all; the enlistment and later conscription of men and the tribunals held to consider the applications of those who wanted to avoid being called up; the establishment of hospitals in local houses for the treatment of the war wounded; and finally the raising of subscriptions for memorials to those who had been killed.

Throughout this period most people tried to live as normal a life as possible, despite the absence of so many of their menfolk. They had to cope with food shortages and new laws that restricted so many aspects of their lives. Alongside this they lived with the constant dread of news from the front.

 




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