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Newark in the Great War

Newark in the Great War (Paperback)

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Newark-on-Trent's position at the crossroads of the Great North Road and Fosse Way plus the Great North Eastern and Midland railway lines left inhabitants endlessly fearful that it would be a prime target when - rather than if - the Germans attacked England from the North Sea. The East Midlands town had been besieged during the Civil War; and the Vicar of the Parish Church lost no time in August 1914 urging the menfolk to keep the enemy far from the town's boundaries. Thousands left their rat-invested hovels to fight for King and Country. Their womenfolk took their places in factories that switched from making wooden buildings and agricultural machinery to manufacturing munitions. The children were taught for only half-days after their schools became barracks for trainee soldiers, were encouraged to spend their holidays working on farms - and were allowed to leave education aged only 13 so that they could start work.

History & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World War Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd Publication Date: 10/08/2014 ISBN-13: 9781783831678  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Trevor Frecknall, born and educated in Newark, covered mostly sporting dramas during 48 years in journalism - Nottingham Forest's European Cup triumphs when Brian Clough was 'winning everything but the Boat Race'; athletics successes from Linford Christie and Sally Gunnell to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis - and has written several history books as well as All Life's a Game about his Clough years. From the moment he began researching Newark in The Great War in 2012, he recognised this was the greatest challenge of his career - to do justice to those who gave their all in The Great War.

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