Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, Barking and Dagenham in the Great War

NAME: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, Barking and Dagenham in the Great 
FILE: R2943
AUTHOR: Paul Oldfield
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 152
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War One, World War 1, World War I, WWI, First World War, The 
Great War, Western Front, trench warfare, land forces, Victoria Cross, Home Front,
 agriculture, rural towns

ISBN: 1-47383-415-5

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DESCRIPTION: The author, a former Essex police officer, has written a nicely 
researched account of two Essex towns in the Great War. Fifty years on from the 
Great War and Barking & Dagenham would have been regarded by many as 
part of the London industrial sprawl and Ford Motor Co in the UK. One 
hundred years on and the contraction of Ford, and other factors, has created a 
different place, but at the time of the Great War it was a markedly different 
place   –   Very Highly Recommended

The expansion of London over the last century has swallowed up villages and rural 
towns that once had their own rural identity. At the start of WWI, Barking had a 
population of 37,590, and neighbouring Dagenham had only 9,641. They had their 
own identities and local pride. Dagenham might be regarded as a small town and 
Barking as a medium size town against population averages for towns and cities. As 
the docks and industry spread out along the Thames towards Southend, towns like 
Barking and Dagenham were just absorbed into that sprawl. In Dagenham, Ford 
Motor Co became the dominant industrial image, but the fundamental identity of 
Barking and Dagenham has changed much less since the 1930s than in the period of 
the Great War.

The author has written an engaging account that provides the flavour of the times in 
addition to the facts. There are human stories and good illustration through the body 
of the text.

The men of Barking and Dagenham flocked to the colours and the final death toll 
was heavy but not as heavy as that hitting many communities. Roughly a third of the 
men from the area died during the war when some areas suffered more than 80% 
casualties and were blighted by the losses. One of the interesting facts included by 
the author is the memorial which records not only the dead but also lists those who 
served and survived.