This is the story of how the Great War affected St. Neots through the experiences of those who fought and those who remained behind. The book does not follow the pattern of many in this field in giving basic details of the men from communities who were killed during the Great War, but builds and humanizes their stories in the context of the war, and how this impacted upon a typical town of the period. Letters from the men at the front feature throughout, and reveal the stoicism, fortitude, humor, and determination of those who fought. The author uses his own research, war diaries, and local newspapers to weave local, national, and international strands of the story together. St. Neots saw 208 of its men killed, whilst hundreds of others were wounded. This lucid account does not seek to glorify war but strives to ensure that these men are not forgotten, and that their sacrifice is remembered. It will also serve as a valuable tool for those seeking to read their stories, and research their own family histories.
|Publisher:||The History Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Kenneth Wood works as a battlefield guide, leading parties to the Western Front each year. He regularly arranges conferences and events to provide information about the Great War, and is an experienced public speaker. He previously compiled Biggleswade and the Great War.