Rotherham at War and Peace: Life in the Area From, 1914-1945

Rotherham at War and Peace: Life in the Area From, 1914-1945

by Margaret Drinkall


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In July 1922 the Rotherham Advertiser requested that the people of Rotherham remember the impact which the First World War had on the town and the changes which had been made. They recommended that: "it be placed on record how the town was transformed by its army battalions, the recruitment drives which took place, the massive loss of life, food shortages, queues, and rationing, how women were performing men’s work and the zeppelin raids. Cannot the Corporation set about the task of producing such a book?" Although the Corporation was unable to produce such a book at the time, this is the writer’s own small attempt to try to redress that balance. As we now know, the period of peace was to be tragically short-lived, and this book extends that record to include the interwar years and the years of the Second World War that followed. Richly illustrated, and filled with true tales of local heroism and of the unbreakable spirit of the people of Rotherham during these tumultuous years, this nostalgic volume will delight locals and visitors alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752462950
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Margaret Drinkall is a historian and full-time writer with a particular interest in local history and in the history of true crime. Rotherham Workhouse, her first book exploring the history of Yorkshire's workhouses, has been a great success; Rotherham Murder and Crime followed at the end of 2009.

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Acknowledgements 5

Part 1 The First World War

1 Recruitment and Mobilization 7

2 Early Casualties of the War 17

3 The First Christmas, Riots and Shirkers 24

4 The Role of Women 37

5 Heroes and Villains 45

6 Zeppelin Raids and the New Technology 53

7 Peace at Last 57

Part 2 The Interwar Years

8 The Aftermath of the War 67

9 Prominent Visitors to the Town 72

10 Discontent 82

11 The Coal Strike 86

12 The Plight of the Unemployed 93

13 Health and Housing 98

14 Mothers and Children 104

15 Entertainment 110

16 The Gathering Storm 120

Part 3 The Second World War

17 Preparation for War 127

18 Soldiers 138

19 The Home Guard 148

20 War Work 156

21 Rationing and the Black Market 166

22 Women's War 173

23 Juvenile Delinquency 179

24 The Beginning of the End 184

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