The Great Western Railway in the First World War
In August 1914 the GWR was plunged into war, the like of which this country had never experienced before. Over the years that followed life changed beyond measure, both for the men sent away to fight and the women who took on new roles at home.
Not since 1922 has the history of the GWR in the First World War been recorded in a single volume. Using modern data-bases and enjoying greater access to archives, Sandra Gittins has been able to produce a complete history which traces the GWR from the early, optimistic days through the subsequent difficult years of the Great War, including Government demands for war manufacture, increased traffic and the tragic loss of staff. From GWR ships and ambulance trains to the employment of women, every part of the story is told, including the saddest of all, which is represented by a Roll of Honour.
The author, Sandra Gittins, is a railway enthusiast with a passion for history who has previously written articles on the First World War, but it was her great-uncle's name on the Roll of Honour that provided her inspiration for the extensive research culminating in this, her first book. She is a member of the Western Front Association.
Softback, 256 pages, black & white illustrations
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