Castle Point in the Great War

Pen and Sword, 2015 M03 14 - 176 páginas
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, the Castle Point District was made up of four very quaint, peaceful little parishes: Canvey Island, South Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley. The initial enthusiasm shown by the young men of this area, who were enthusiastic to be part of an adventure that was to be ïover by ChristmasÍ, was mirrored by thousands of other courageous young men around Britain. Most understood that it was their sworn duty to stand up for their king and country. They didnÍt stop to think or even fully appreciate the hardship and fear they would leave behind on the home front. This book tells of the memories and recollections of some of these brave men who were fortunate enough to return home to their friends and families. For the ones who werenÍt so lucky, we hear from the people who endured the pain of a love lost forever more. Included throughout are a collection of invaluable wartime newspaper reports that recount daily life, telling of the sacrifices that those left behind had to endure whilst reading about the war dead, their numbers increasing on an almost daily basis. From the extraordinary role of women during the war, the conscientious objectors and those exempt from the fighting, to the aftermath of war when the district celebrated victory while dealing with the painful loss of 189 men, all aspects of wartime Castle Point are covered in this remarkable account, interspersed with a number of wartime poems that further explain in verse what life was like during these dark days.

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1 The Parishes PreWar
2 Footsteps to War
3 Home Front
4 The War at Sea
5 War in the Air
6 The Land War
7 Victory and its Aftermath
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After meeting only a few years ago while researching a local PoW camp that they were individually writing about, Ken and Stephen have since collaborated on several books. Ken is a well-respected local historian who has spent many years writing about and giving talks on Laindon and Langdon Hills, whilst Stephen had his first book, Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father's Conflict, published in 2010. It is his personal account of his sons serving in Afghanistan. Both Ken and Stephen had grandparents who served in and survived the Great War.

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. His sons served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, Two Sons in a Warzone - Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father's Conflict, published in October 2010. Both Stephen's grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.When not writing Stephen can be found walking his for German Shepherd dogs with his wife Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning, when most normal people are still fast asleep.

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