Forest at War

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In 2013 the Forest of Dean Local History Society initiated a project to study the 'Home Front' in the Forest of Dean in World War One. Using primary sources at Gloucestershire Archives, and contemporary copies of the local newspaper, the Dean Forest Mercury, a number of members of the Society volunteered to work on the project, and the results of their efforts were exhibited for three months at the Dean Heritage Centre in 2014.

The History Society then decided to continue the project to include the production of a book, this book! Project members were invited to extend their original essays, and the considerable archive of material concerning World War One contained in the Society's journal, The New Regard, was also used to produce material for the book. Of these, Christine Martyn's 2005 article - The war to end all wars - provides a comprehensive overview of the Forest during World War One and is the lead essay in this collection.


The war to end all wars by Christine Martyn
Rules and Regulations DORA: a civilian version of martial law by Kate and Peter Ellis
The Three Salmons Inn and the National Dockyard at Beachley by Averil Kear
Give us our daily bread by Simon Moore
The Volunteer Training Corps by Keith Walker
War Bonds & War Charities by Keith Walker
The first aeroplane at Cinderford
The Wood Distillation Works by Roger Deeks
ìThe City of Ghosts...î by Sam Eedle
My Family At War by Dave Tuffley
Walter Price DCM of Newnham by Teresa Powell
Thomas Joseph ñ Coachman of Clanna and his family by David Reade
The Conscription Of Miners Ian Wright
Forest Of Dean Conscientious Objectors Ian Wright
Womenís roles on Home Front Dean by Mary Sullivan
The Cable Works At Lydbrook by Sue Gordon-Smith
Belgian Refugees by Cecile Hunt
Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals Nationally and County Wide by Keith Walker
Pvt Reginald Thomas Packer, Grenadier Guards by Eric Nicholls and Roger Deeks
War memorials by Cecile Hunt



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