DAVID MILLICHOPE    Book Number: 85920    Product format: Paperback

Halifax's experience of the Great War was different to that of many other large towns and cities. A garrison town (home of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment), within days the public mood had turned to a huge display of unified support, with voluntary organisations springing up to support troops at the front, their dependant families at home and the returning wounded. As the conflict ground, on Halifax came under Zeppelin attack and children were evacuated to nearby Scarborough and became targets for German naval guns. The town's economy was revitalised by government orders for khaki cloth, tools and munitions, including the iconic Tommy's pudding-bowl steel helmet. The Regiment suffered heavy losses and the increasing numbers of horrific reports from the trenches were seized upon by the many local Socialist groups who were opposed to the fighting. As a consequence no Pals Battalion was raised and when conscription began it was bitterly argued over and the Local Military Service Tribunals were packed with men for whom soldiering was not top of their list of career choices. By 1917 the food crisis fomented unrest yet more and even with victory in 1918 things were not good - a bitter General Election contest, a ?flu epidemic and stories of terrible brutality from repatriated PoWs ensured that Halifax was not yet out of the woods as far as the Great War was concerned. Currently the Chair of the Halifax Great War Heritage Society, David Millichope had full access to the news and photo archives of the Halifax Courier and Halifax Guardian, both of which kept local people extremely well informed of events at the Front and at home, and with extra help from private correspondence and photos and a wealth of his own research he has created a powerful account of this town's atypical experience of the Great War. 296pp softback, approx. 100 b/w photos and other illus.
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ISBN 9781783831210
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