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ISBN: 9780857042279
AUTHOR: Roger Day
The Western Kennet Valley in the Great War
The Western Kennet Valley in the Great War
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This profusely illustrated work is the first major study of the military’s use of the Western Kennet Valley in the Great War. During the early years of the war the British Army increased massively in size and literarily hundreds of new companies were formed. Because of this rapid expansion it was impossible to accommodate and train all the units at existing depots and as a consequence many were quartered in provincial towns, such as Hungerford and Marlborough.

The book also looks at the local Volunteer Force (the First World War equivalent of the Home Guard), which is examined in some detail, as is the role of the region’s threeVAD Red Cross Hospitals that were largely staffed by local women, who provided convalescing soldiers with comfort and support as they recovered from illness or injury.

The surrounding countryside also played its part and several military sites were established on the Marlborough Downs, such as the Army camp at Chiseldon, the RFC aerodromes atYatesbury and a PoW Camp at Ramsbury. Many miles of practice trenches were excavated in the downland chalk by the Army’s new recruits and route marches of 20 miles or more were a regular feature of their training.

This study also includes the stories of nine men from the region who went off to fight giving the reader an insight into army training and service life on the Western Front.

The Western Kennet Valley in the Great War provides a fascinating insight into how one small corner of England made its own very significant contribution to the “War to end all Wars” and how, in turn, the war made a lasting impact upon this apparently secluded part of rural West Berkshire and North east Wiltshire.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 227 9, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published September 2014.

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This important books completes the trilogy following the successful pair of titles Devon At War 1939-45 and Devon in the Thirties, created by the author, Gerald Wasley.
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