SIAN ROBERTS    Book Number: 85859    Product format: Paperback

Produced in association with the Library of Birmingham and publishers the History Press, how many faces, historic locations, family names and communities do you recognise? Birmingham at the outbreak of the First World War was a leading city of the British Empire, with huge wealth and opportunity alongside extreme poverty and hardship. Its major employers were Cadburys, Dunlop, Nettlefold and Austin. The end of July and first few days of August 1914 saw a significant rise in the cost of living as food prices rocketed, particularly butter, bacon and sugar. There was a run on food shops and many closed their premises. Contracts and orders were cancelled in business and firms such as Tangye Metropolitan Waggon Works and many of the jewellery firms made drastic reductions to the working week. Great hardship was also caused by the failure of the army to pay the separation allowance due to wives and dependents of soldiers who had enlisted on time. The Great War claimed over 995,000 British lives and this special book offers an intimate portrayal of the city and its people living in its shadow describing local reactions, experience of individuals who enlisted, the work of the many hospitals, effect on local children, and the women who defied convention to play a vital role on the home front. The Lord Mayor set up the War Refugee Committee. In addition to Belgians, a third of Serbia's pre-war population had to flee their homes following the country's defeat. Wounded servicemen also arrived in Birmingham from all over the world and Selly Oak was used to receive patients destined for hospital. Ethel Violet Jackson recalled her days at a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital at Highbury in an oral history interview made in 1986. She married the pioneering orthopaedic surgeon Naughton Dunn who together with Sir Robert Jones, with whom he had trained in Liverpool, developed new ways of treating wounded servicemen. Here is entertainment for the soldiers, the Women's Voluntary Reserves, munitions workers like Kynoch at Witton which had 8,964 women in their employment and made over 25 million rifle cartridges. Packed with archive images, posters and postcards. 160pp in large softback.
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ISBN 9780750959698
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