This is the story of Staffordshire's First World War. Using a wide range of sources, including the Mid-Staffordshire Military Appeal Tribunal papers, letters, diaries, journals, local newspapers and autobiographies, this book draws together the vast array of experiences of Staffordshire locals. It explores, among other things, the role of women and children on the home front, how individual lives were changed dramatically by war, and the preparation for peace and `reconstruction'.
The First World War was not just about the Tommy fighting in the trenches - some had a very different experience; for example Emma Sproson from Wolverhampton who was a former suffragette. The home front and everyday life is also considered. This remarkable collection of personal accounts gives a valuable insight into this county's First World War.
Karen Hunt is Professor of Modern British History at Keele University and Chair of the Social History Society. From 2013 she became one of the West Midlands advisors to the AHRC/BBC 'WW1 at Home' project tasked with producing a 100 new stories about the home front. She is currently completing an entry for an online International Encyclopedia of the First World War on food shortages in Britain and Ireland.