First World War Local Studies: a rolling listing of recent publications

The centenary of the First World War has brought an upsurge in local studies of all aspects of the impact of the war on people and places throughout Britain. From 2014 BALH has been collecting information on these studies. This is the basis of this rolling listing of publications, in print or web form. The aim is to give recognition and access to new work, both generally and locally published, and to help assess the contribution local history is making to understanding the First World War.

The list groups publications by category – general, English region, Ireland, Scotland or Wales. The list will be updated every three months. To suggest a publication for inclusion send details, including how copies may be obtained, to mail@balh.co.uk with the message title ‘FWW publication’. The listing is complemented by in-depth reviews of selected titles in BALH’s journal, The Local Historian, and by material elsewhere on this website and in BALH’s quarterly newsletter, Local History News.

General

Brewer, Emily, TOMMY DOUGHBOY FRITZ: Soldier Slang in World War I (Amberley, 2014) ISBN 978 1 4456 3783 9 £12.99

Mansfield, Nick and Horner, Craig, THE GREAT WAR: LOCALITIES AND REGIONAL IDENTITIES (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)

‘MEMORIAL GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES: DESIGN, PLANTING AND CONSERVATION’: special issue of Garden History, Journal of the Garden History Society, vol. 42: supplement 1, Autumn 2014

Pennell, Catriona, A KINGDOM UNITED: Popular responses to the outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (Oxford University Press, paperback edition 2014)

Tall, Susan, WAR MEMORIALS: a guide for family historians (Family History Partnership, 2014) ISBN 978 1 906280 46 8 £6.50

Tiller, Kate, REMEMBRANCE AND COMMUNITY: WAR MEMORIALS AND LOCAL HISTORY (BALH, 2013)

White, Bonnie, THE WOMEN’S LAND ARMY IN FIRST WORLD WAR BRITAIN (Palgrave, 2014 ) ISBN 978 1 137 36389 3 £55

Winter, Jay and Robert, Jean-Louis, CAPITAL CITIES AT WAR: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919, vol. 2: A Cultural History (Cambridge, 2012)

East

Credland, Michael, THE FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS OF LINCOLNSHIRE (Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology,2014) ISBN 978 0 903582 48 3 £16.95+£4 p&p available from SLHA, Jews’ Court, Steep Hill, Lincoln LN1 2LS www.slha.org.uk

Last, Simon and Good, Michael, ALDEBURGH WAR MEMORIAL.The story behind the names (Charnwood Genealogy, 2014)

London and South East

Clare, David, Carolyn Downing and Sarah Turner, BISHOP'S STORTFORD IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Amberley, 2014) ISBN 978 1 4456 3270 4 £14.99

Collins, E.J.T., ‘THE GREAT WAR IN THE BERKSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE’, Berkshire Old and New, no.31 (2014)

Connelly, Mark, THE GREAT WAR, MEMORY AND RITUAL Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939  (Royal Historical Society & Boydell Studies in History new series, 2015) ISBN 978 0 86193 327 3 no RRP

Cox, Doug, MEN OF HORLEY 1914-1918 "LEST WE FORGET" This 300 page illustrated book tells the story of Horley, Surrey in WW1 and details the 122 WW1 men named on Horley’s War Memorial and the search for other local men who died in the First World War.  ISBN 978-1-908336-45-3.  Available from the author via dougcox57@gmail.com  £12.00 plus postage.

Dunleavy, John, THE BELGIAN REFUGEE APPEAL IN ABINGDON 1914, Berkshire Old and New no 32 (2015), pp 12-18

Hall, David, HENRY WEBBER'S HORLEY. Henry Webber lived in Horley from 1875-1915 and was active in every sphere of village life. He was the oldest British Serviceman to die (aged 67) in front line service in WW1. This book tells the story of his very active life, his death at The Somme and his lasting legacy in Horley.  Available from dougcox57@gmail.com £5 plus postage.

Hellicar, Christine (ed.), HOME FRONT Life in the towns and villages of Bromley in the Great War (Bromley Borough Local History Society,2014) ISBN 978 0 9574633 1 8 £9+£1.50 p&p from John Barnes, 38 Sandiland Crescent, Hayes BR2 7DR

Hinshelwood, John, CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION AND THE HORNSEY MILITARY SERVICE TRIBUNAL IN THE CONTEXT OF MIDDLESEX, Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin no 57 (2015), pp 32-36

Lancaster, Steve, Elizabeth Bridges, George Elliott, Rachel Hamer and Susan Overton, WARNHAM AND THE GREAT WAR (Warnham Society,2014) ISBN 878-0-9506966-2-1 £10+£5 p&p from http://www.warnhamsociety.org.uk [Warnham, Sussex]

Leete, John, THE NEW FOREST AT WAR (Sabrestorm, 2nd edn 2014) ISBN 978-1-78122-003-0 £14.99

Mann, Sue, Mein, Jonathan & Wares, Anne (Eds), ST ALBANS;  LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT, 1914-1918 (Hertfordshire Publications, 2016)  ISBN 978 1 909291 74 4  £18.99 www.stalbanshistory.org

Merrick, Phoebe, ‘HORSES FOR THE GREAT WAR’, The Local Historian vol.44 no.3 (July 2014), 221-242

North, Richard & Smith, Ray, 'For Them's Sake' (New Generation Publishing: 2017) ISBN: 9781787193918 

Russell, Eugenia & Quentin Russell, WATFORD & SOUTH WEST HERTS IN THE GREAT WAR (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2015) ISBN: 9781783463749 www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Southgate, Michael, RADWINTER’S FIRST WORLD WAR (Radwinter Publishing,2014) ISBN 978-0-9927909-0-5 £8+£2 p&p from Radwinter Society, The Cottage, Radwinter Manor, Saffron Walden CB10 2SP or radwinter.recorder@hotmail.com

White, Jerry, ZEPPELIN NIGHTS: LONDON IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Bodley Head, 2014)

 

Midlands

Beardshaw, Sylvia, THE BOYS ON THE BOARD CHADDESLEY CORBETT: the impact of World War One on a Worcestershire parish (Chaddesley Corbett Local History Society, 2014) £5 from the author rhbsb@ukgateway.net

Buckell, John, 'THECONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS OF NORTHAMPTON DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR' in The Local Historian, vol. 16, 3, July 2016. (British Association for Local History). ISSN 00245585, £5.

Cosford, Ron and Diana, THE GREAT WAR: Iffley Remembers (Iffley History Society Publication no. 14, 2014)

Cotter, Jane with Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, OXFORDSHIRE REMEMBERING 1914-18 (The History Press, 2014)

Eydon Historical Research Group, LEST WE FORGET: Eydon in the Great War (Eydon Historical Research Group vol. 9 March 2014) £5+£2 p&p from David Kench, 20 High Street, Eydon, Daventry NN11 3PP or www.eydonhistoricalresearchgroup.org

Graham, Malcolm, OXFORD AND THE GREAT WAR ( Your Towns and Cities in the Great War, Pen and Sword Military, 2014)

Hill, Peter A.J., ‘LEST WE FORGET’: Lapworth War Memorial (Kingswood Histories in conjunction with Lapworth Parochial Church Council, 2014) £4

Hill, Peter A.J., News from the Front: the Great War and Lapworth to 1939 (Kingswood Histories in conjunction with Lapworth Parochial Church Council, 2014) £4

Holland, Chris (ed.), COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE 1914-1919 Local Aspects of the Great War  (Warwickshire Great War Publications, vol.1,2012) ISBN 978 0 9574216 1 5) £9.95 from poors_plot@tiscali.co.uk

Holland, Chris (ed.), COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE 1914-1919: Local Aspects of the Great War (Warwickshire Great War Publications, vol. 2, 2014)

Holland, Chris, BEFORE GALLIPOLI: The 29th Division in Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire, December 1914 – March 1915 (Warwickshire Great War Publications, 2014) £9.95

Marples, Pauline, CLIPSTONE CAMP AND THE MANSFIELD AREA IN WORLD WAR ONE The impact of a large military presence in a North Nottinghamshire community (Forest Town Heritage Group, 2013) ISBN 978 0 9551446 1 £10+£2.50 p&p from Forest Town Heritage Group, 15 Elmhurst Road, Forest Town, Mansfield NG19 0EU

‘THE MIDLANDS AND THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918’: special issue of Midland History vol. 39, issue 2, Autumn 2014

Thomas, Alice (trans.), LIFE IN A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MARKET TOWN DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 The diary of John Coleman Binder  (Oundle Museum Trust, 2013) ISBN 978 0 9927232 0 0  £9.90+£2.30 from Mr Ioan Thomas, Friends of Oundle Museum, 3 Seymour Place, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4QB; cheques payable to Oundle Museum Trust

Thomson, Brian, CROXLEY GREEN IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: Croxley Green in the First World War: the story of a Hertfordshire Village 1914 to 1919 (Rickmansworth Historical Society, 2014)

Wade, Liz, 47 MEN OF NORTH OXFORD 1914-1918 (Graffiti Press, 2013) [St Margaret’s parish war memorial]

Walker, Audrey and Philip (eds), BELTON AT WAR (Belton History Society vol.4, 2010) £9.50 inc p&p from Jane Cronin, Brookfield, Littleworth Lane, Belton, Rutland LE15 9JZ

North

Adamson, Howard, RICCALL A Village in Wartime: Life in an East Riding Village during the Great War (2nd edn 2014)

Bleddyn, Penny, FRAMING GRIEF: War Memorials and Public Commemoration in York, 1914-25 (Borthwick Institute, University of York, Borthwick Paper no. 122,2012)

Brereton, Eileen and Anne Wall, HOME COMFORTS: the Role of Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in the North Riding of Yorkshire 1914-1919 (North Yorkshire County Record Office, 2015) £7 plus £4.90 delivery from www.archiveshop.northyorks.gov.uk

Crawford, M (ed.), GOING TO WAR: people of the Calder Valley and the first weeks of the Great War (Hebden Bridge Local History Society Occasional Publication no.3, 2013) ISBN 978 0 9537217 7 1 £9.99

Credland, Arthur G., THE HULL ZEPPELIN RAIDS 1915-1918 (Fonthill Media,2014) ISBN 978 1 78155 252 0  £16.99

Ford, Cyril & Honley Civic Society, HONLEY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 (2014)  ISBN ISBN 13 978 0 9572638 5 7.  £7.50

‘THE GREAT WAR IN THE NORTH WEST’: Manchester Region History Review, vol. 24, 2013

Hamilton, Rob and the Halifax Great War Heritage Society, EXTRACTS FROM THE DIARY OF W H STOTT FOR 1914, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society new series vol 23 (2015), pp 109-121

Hearn, David, CUNARD IN WORLD WAR ONE, Liverpool History no 14 (2015), pp 106-115

Hinton, Guy, 'NEWCASTLE AND THE BOER WAR:  REGIONAL REACTIONS TO AN IMPERIAL WAR', Northern History, vol 52, no 2 (September 2015)

Langford, Joan M, FARINGTON:  A LANCASHIRE COTTON MILL VILLAGE, VOL 9, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM, 2015.  ISBN 978 955 0402 23 6); £3, published by Farington Publications

McCartney, Helen B., CITIZEN SOLDIERS: THE LIVERPOOL TERRITORIALS AND THE FIRST WORLD (Cambridge, 2011)

Moore, Lucy & Pullan, Nicola, GREAT WAR BRITAIN LEEDS:  REMEMBRING 1914-18.  History Press, 2015.  ISBN  978-0750961288    

Pearce, Cyril, COMRADES IN CONSCIENCE: The story of an English community’s opposition to the Great War (Francis Boutle Publishers, 2014)

Reeves, Josette, ‘THE LIVERPOOL WOMEN’S WAR SERVICE BUREAU AND ITS WORK 1914-1918’, The Local Historian vol.44 no. 4 (October 2014)

Rubinstein, David, YORK IN WAR AND PEACE 1914-1945 (Quacks Books, 2nd edn, 2014) ISBN 978 1 904446 56 9 £10+£2 p&p from publisher Jackson House, 7 Grape Lane, Petergate, York Y01 7HU

Ruddin, Lee P, THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA:  MERSEYSIDE 1915; THE RESPONSE OF LETTER-WRITERS TO THE ANTI-GERMAN RIOTS, Liverpool History no 14 (2015), pp 150-159

Rumsby, John H., "YOURS FOR ETERNITY": A ROMANCE OF THE GREAT WAR  (Hudddersfield Local History Society, 2014)  ISBN 978 0 9509134 9 0  £8

Smith, Paul G, GARSTANG’S GREAT WAR HEROS  (Garstang Historical Society 2015 no ISBN).  £8 from the author at Rose Cottage, Park Lane, Winmarleigh, Preston, PR3 OJU or from Anthony Coppin, 'Derrington', By-Pass Road, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1NA

Spiers, Edward M, 'VOLUNTARY RECRUITING IN YORKSHIRE, 1914-15', Northern History, vol 52, no 2 (September 2015)

Wilcocks, Richard, STORIES FROM THE WAR HOSPITAL [Leeds] (Meerkat Publications, 2014)

Wilson, Van, ‘THESE WERE EARTH’S BEST’: Voices of the First World War (York Oral History Society, 2014) www.yorkoralhistory.org.uk (includes audio CD).

Wood, Stephen, THE LEEDS PALS (Amberley, 2014) ISBN 978 1 4456 1945 3 £14.99

South West

Bourne, Stephen, BLACK POPPIES:  BRITAIN'S BLACK COMMUNITY AND THE GREAT WAR (The History Press, Stroud, 2014)  ISBN 978 0 7524 9760 0, £12.99

Dixon, John, “A NOBLE BAND OF HEROES”: a Commemoration of those in Tewkesbury who lost their lives during the Great War (Tewkesbury Historical Society no.9 2015 ISSN 1742-6030); available from the author at 5 Stokes Court, Oldbury Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5JL; johnhistory46@btinternet.com 

Hammond, Peter, THE ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS AT ALDERBURY (Alderbury&Whaddon Local History Group, 2013) ISBN 978 0 9538004 7 6 £3 details from briangilly@waitrose.com

Jones, Roy, FOR OUR TOMORROW The Story of a Small Devon Parish and the Great War  (Rousdon Owners & Residents Association & Combpyne Rousdon Parish Council, 2014)  £10.50 incl. p&p from royjones@waitrose.com

Marshall, Bob, 'WE WILL REMEMBER THEM': The Bidford Fallen of The Great War  (Bidford & District History Society, 2014)  ISBN 978 0 9575790 1 9

Maxwell, Carol & Jackson, Peter, PAINSWICK AND THE GREAT WAR (2015).  £10 from outlets in Painswick or from the authors email Peter_jackson@talktalk.net

Ireland

Borgonovo, John, THE DYNAMICS OF WAR AND REVOLUTION: CORK CITY: 1916-1918  (Cork University Press, 2013)

Cullen, Clara, THE WORLD UPTURNING: Elsie Henry's Irish Wartime Diaries, 1913-1919 (Irish Academic Press,  2012)   £19.99.  ISBN  9781908928153, £17.99

Cousins, Colin, ARMAGH AND THE GREAT WAR (Nonsuch Publishing, 2011)

Dooley, Gerard, NENAGH, 1914-1921: YEARS OF CRISES (Maynooth Studies in Local History). Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015.  ISBN: 978 1 84682 577 4, Euro 8.95.

Terence Dooley & Christopher Ridgway (eds.) THE COUNTRY HOUSE & THE GREAT WAR: Irish & British Experiences (Four Courts Press, 2016). ISBN: 978 1 84862 617 7, Euro 22.45.

Michael Farry, THE IRISH REVOLUTION, 1912-23: Sligo (Four Courts Press, 2012). ISBN 978-1-84682-302-2, £17.95
 
Pat McCarthy, THE IRISH REVOLUTION, 1912-23: Waterford (Four Courts Press, 2015). ISBN 978-1-84682-410-4, £17.95
 
Fergal McCluskey, THE IRISH REVOLUTION 1912-1923: Tyrone (Four Courts Press, 2014). ISBN 978-1-84682-300-8, £17.95

Grayson, Richard S., BELFAST BOYS: How Unionists and Nationalists fought together and died together in the First World War (Continuum, 2009)

Henry, William, GALWAY AND THE GREAT WAR: Where the poppies grow (Mercier Press, 2006)

Martin, Thomas F., THE KINGDOM IN THE EMPIRE: a portrait of Kerry during World War One (Nonsuch Publishing, 1976)  

O Maitiu, Seamas, ‘The home front: the Dublin townships and the first world war’, Dublin Historical Record: journal of the Old Dublin Society vol.69 no.1 (Spring/Summer 2016) 71-83

Parkhill, Trevor (ed.), THE FIRST WORLD WAR DIARIES OF EMMA DUFFIN: BELFAST VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT NURSE, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014. ISBN 978 1 84682 522 4, Euro 29.95.

Scuffil, Catherine, THE SOUTH CIRCULAR ROAD, DUBLIN, ON THE EVE OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Maynooth Studies in Local History no. 109, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2013)

Staunton, Martin, ‘KILRUSH, CO. CLARE AND THE ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS: The Experience of an Irish Town in the First World War’, Irish Sword, 65 (1986), pp. 268-272.

Walsh, Fionnuala, ‘THE IMPACT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR ON CELBRIDGE, CO. KILDARE’,  Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society, vol. 20, no. 3 (2013).

Yeates, Pádraig, A CITY IN WARTIME: DUBLIN 1914-18 (Gill and Macmillan, 2011)

Scotland

Brader, Chris, TIMBERTOWN GIRLS:  BORDERS WOMEN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR  (Bookcase, 2014). ISBN 978-1-904-14783-1.  £10.

Foley, Archie and Margaret Munro, PORTOBELLO AND THE GREAT WAR (Amberley, 2013) ISBN 978 1 4456 1160 0 £12.99

Strathblane First World War Group, A VILLAGE REMEMBERS: Strathblane First World War Project  (Kessobank Press 2014) £12

Wales

General

Barlow, Robin, WALES AND WORLD WAR ONE, (Gomer Press, Llandysul, 2014) ISBN: 9781848518858; ISBN 1848518854

Gaffney, Angela, AFTERMATH: REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR IN WALES, (Studies in Welsh History, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2000); ISBN: 100708316808; ISBN: 139780708316801.

Griffiths, Robert H., WELSH SOLDIERS, CIVILIANS AND EISTEDDFODAU IN WWI, (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2015); ISBN 9781845242398; ISBN 1845242394.

Matthews, Gethin (ed), CREITHIAU: DYLANWAD Y RHYFEL MAWR AR GYMDEITHAS A DIWILLIANT YNG NGHYMRU [SCARS: THE INFLUENCE OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR ON SOCIETY AND INDUSTRY IN WALES], (University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2016); ISBN 9781783168927; ISBN 1783168927.

Local and Regional

Adams, Philip, NOT IN OUR NAME: WAR DISSENT IN A WELSH TOWN [Briton Ferry], (The author, Ludlow, 2015); ISBN 9780993067112.

Adams, Will and Hughes, Colin P.F. ‘The Great War remembered’, TRANSACTIONS OF THE RADNORSHIRE SOCIETY, Vol. 84 (2014), p. 71-84.

Barlow, Robin, ‘Cardiganshire and the First World War’, CEREDIGION, No. 17, part 3 (2015).

Clydach Historical Society, OUR WAR: ASPECTS OF CLYDACH AND DISTRICT IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918, (Clydach Historical Society, Swansea, 2014); ISBN 9780951832349.

Griffiths, Nia, ‘The contribution of Llanidloes schools to the First World War’, PENCAMBRIA No. 27 (Winter 2014).

Hughes, Clive, (author); Morgan, Dylan Morgan (translator) I'R FYDDIN FECHGYN GWALIA’!'  [Military Recruiting in North-West Wales] 1914-1916, (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2014); 9781845274801; ISBN 1845274806.

James, Gerwyn, ‘The children of Anglesey and the Great War 1914-1918’, TRANSACTIONS of the ANGLESEY ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY AND FIELD CLUB (2014), p.47-75.

Lloyd, Harvey (ed.), Y RHYFEL BYD CYNTAF- RHYFEL MAWR? [The First World War- A Great War?] Life in Caernarfonshire and on the home front (Friends of St Julitta’s Church, Capel Curig, 2014); www.ww1insnowdonia.org

Mollet, Joyce, ‘Llanelli Women in World War I’, AMRYWIAETH LLANELLI MISCELLANY No. 28 (2014-15), p.1-10.

Morgan, Gerwyn, BEULAH’N COFIO: Y RHYFEL MAWR; YR AIL RYFEL BYD [Beulah Remembers: The Great War: The Second World War] in Welsh (Beulah, Ceredigion, 2015); National Library of Wales MMS ID: 99651238502419.

Newtown Local History Group, LETTERS FROM THE HOME FRONT 1914 – 1918: Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and others, (The authors, Newtown, Powys, 2015); ISBN 9780956420084.

Parri, Harri, GWN GLĀN A BEIBL BUDR: [John Williams, Brynsiencyn and the Great War], (Gwasg y Bwthyn, Caernarfon, 2014); ISBN 9781907424649.

Richards, Derek (ed), WYNDHAM’S WAR: being the diaries of Thomas Wyndham Richards of 85 Marion Street, Cardiff, (The Vine Press, Newport, 2014); ISBN 9781904192633.

Roberts, Ann, THEIRS IS NOT TO REASON WHY:  THE COMMUNITIES OF PENCLAWDD, GWERNFFRWD, LLANMORLAIS, CROFTY AND PENUEL IN THE GREAT WAR, (Llanrhidian Higher Community Council, Swansea, 2014).

Rowson, Stephen, ‘Belgian refugees in Ystradgynlais in the Great War’, BRYCHEINIOG Vol. 46 (2015), p. 137-146.

Strong, Peter, ‘The First World War’, in GWENT COUNTY HISTORY, Volume 5, ed. Chris Williams, p.1-16, (University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2013); ISBN: 9780708326480.

Thomas, Cerys (ed), MONTGOMERY REMEMBERS: The Making of a Memorial Garden, (Imprint, Newtown (Powys), 2014).

Watkins, Alun, ‘Trelewis responds to The Great War’, GELLIGAER JOURNAL, Vol. 21 (2014), p. 42-58.

Williams, J. Alister, ‘Wrexham and the Great War: An Introduction’, DENBIGHSHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS (Trafodion) Vol. 63 (2015), p. 111-137.

Troughton, William, ABERYSTWYTH AND THE GREAT WAR, (Amberley, Stroud, 2015); ISBN 9781445642901.

Westerman, Neil (ed), Richards, John Walter (1863-1949) (illustrator), TENBY REMEMBERS: First World War, (Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Tenby, 2015); ISBN 9780904696196.