Biggleswade and the Great War

Biggleswade and the Great War

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This is the story of how the Great War affected Biggleswade 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 humanises 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, humour 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. Out of a population of just over 6,000 Biggleswade saw 199 of its men killed, whilst hundreds of others were wounded. This fascinating account does not seek to glorify war but strives to ensure that these men are not forgotten, and that their sacrifice is remembered. "At first sight, this book might seem to be parochial and only of interest to those in the south-east of the county. But this would be a hasty judgement because Kenneth Wood has succeeded in producing a potted history of the campaigns and developments in that 'war to end all wars' intertwined with the personal stories of the volunteers and conscripts from the Biggleswade area and their families. Overall this excellent book is well written, well produced and neatly typeset." - Ted more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 168 x 244 x 12mm | 399.16g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752449664
  • 9780752449661
  • 1,497,750

About Kenneth Wood

Kenneth Wood is a former history teacher and a battlefield guide who has written about the Great War for the local press and has produced a guide to battlefields used by travel more