Areley Kings in Worcestershire is now recognised as part of the town of Stourport on Severn but at the time of the Great War it was a small village with a population of some 775 living a peaceful and orderly life with its main employment centred on agriculture.
As in all communities residents of the village played a part in the conflict and the effects of this have been recorded in a book researched by local people and published professionally to commemorate the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.
The book looks at the history of Areley Kings, its life before the war, how the village responded to the conflict, considers the immediate aftermath of the war and finally examines the building and the funding of the village war memorial.
Specifically Included are details of the local men who went to fight and the ones who failed to return. These are shown on in the Roll of Honour which was updated as a result of the research and also in the following pages.
During research for the book it became obvious that aftercare for returning servicemen in those days was virtually non-existent, so whilst it was published as a permament record of the contribution which the village made to the war it was decided that all income arising from sales would be devoted to organisations which cater for today’s damaged servicemen and women who have seen service in recent conflicts. Already sales have been sufficient to make an initial donation to the Royal British Legion.