WW1 Centenary

Great War Centenary 2014-2018 website by Paul Reed

New WW1 Local Books From Pen & Sword

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Pen & Sword Military have begun a new series of WW1 Centenary books looking at various towns and cities in the Great War. The first two reviewed here relate to Sussex in WW1.

105218Bognor In The Great War by Clifford Mews (Pen & Sword 2014, ISBN 978 1 78346 282 7, 128pp, illustrated, paperback, £9.99)

Bognor was a seaside town on the Sussex coast and was a favourite of royalty including Queen Victoria. Pre-war there was a Bognor Company of the 4th (Territorial) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment and the books begins in 1914 with the mobilisation of the town. It then follows the war year by year before it moves on to specific aspects of how the conflict impacted on the town such as the effects of the losses and the aftermath, including the war memorials. It is a well researched and written account, and there are good illustrations throughout.

The book is available on the Pen & Sword website.

104957Hove & Portslade In The Great War by Judy Middleton (Pen & Sword 2014, ISBN 978 1 783303 643 1, 224pp, illustrated, paperback, £12.99)

Hove was a middle class town on the Sussex coast, close to Brighton. This publication has been written by a local librarian using the extensive material the locality collected during and after the conflict, especially on Hove men who died in the war. It looks at themes rather than following a chronology and subjects such as military hospitals and women at war are well covered. The losses among local men are also discussed along with many case studies. Again the book is well illustrated and these are two excellent titles in a growing series which shows much promise.

The book is available on the Pen & Sword website.

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Author: ww1centenary

Military Historian & author who works in Television: visiting & interpreting battlefields all over the world. Currently working on WW1 projects for 2014-18.

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