Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, Peterborough in the Great War

This addition to a very popular series is written by a local East Anglian author, of obvious interest to all those who live in and around Peterborough, but also to anyone with an interest in WWI history. The author has produced a charming account of the changes to Peterborough through the Great War. There is good illustration through the body of the book – Very Highly Recommended

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NAME: Your Towns & Cities in the Great War, Peterborough in the Great War
FILE: R2916
AUTHOR: Abigail Hamilton-Thompson
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 111
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, The 
Home Front, Eastern England, Peterborough, anti-German fever, casualty rates, total 
war, terror bombing, war production, engineering, munitions, recruits, local 
regiments, Edith Cavell

ISBN: 1-47386-012-1

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DESCRIPTION: This addition to a very popular series is written by a local East 
Anglian author, of obvious interest to all those who live in and around Peterborough, 
but also to anyone with an interest in WWI history. The author has produced a 
charming account of the changes to Peterborough through the Great War. 
There is good illustration through the body of the book   –  Very Highly 
Recommended

The series is building into a very valuable account of the effects of total war on the 
towns and cities of Great Britain. What leaps out is the realization that every town 
and city was on the front line, including Peterborough. The threat of terror bombing 
by German aircraft and airships was everywhere, although some towns suffered 
much more than others. There was raging anti-German feeling and in Peterborough 
this resulted in the engineering firm of Werner Pfeiderer & Perkins becoming 
Perkins Engineers.

The young men of Peterborough joined the colours and only one in six returned 
home. Every street saw sons lost, many in the carnage of the Western Front. The 
women stepped into the gaps in factories and new war production plants. Social 
change was dramatic, leaving scars, but Peterborough survived and prospered in 
the peace.

Among the famous fallen of Peterborough was local girl Edith Cavell who had 
become a nurse and who was executed by the Germans for helping British 
prisoners to escape. She is still remembered in Peterborough but was buried in 
great pomp at Norwich Cathedral.

A fascinating account of the fortunes and tribulations of Peterborough during the 
Great War.