This book tells the story of the people of Tyneside and Northumberland during the First World War, both in action on the front line and on the Home Front. The book is filled with many previously unpublished accounts of life at the front, the stories of soldiers written in their own words in letters home during the war and in accounts written in the years after, which have remained in family archives ever since. There are also numerous accounts published in local newspapers during the years 1914-19. Illustrated with a wonderful selection of photographs from the authors' extensive archive of original photographs and postcards, many of which have not been published since the war, this book presents a fascinating and revealing insight into the story of the North East, its military forces and its people during the First World War.
Neil R. Storey is an award-winning social historian specialising in the study of the impact of war on British society in the first half of the 20th century. He has been writing since the late 1980s on topographical, military and crime history themes. He has written features for local and national magazines and journals as well as several books on the First and Second World Wars. Fiona Kay lives in Northumberland and has known the county all her life. She has had a life-long interest in the First World War and has worked on the award-winning King's Men project for Sandringham, the Edith Cavell centenary project and Somme 100, and has co-authored Newcastle Battalions on the Somme with Neil R. Storey (Tyne Bridge 2016).