Professionally published by the History Press and funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund the book was researched by local people using a variety of sources including websites dedicated to the Great War, historic newspaper archives and local parish registers together with family and genealogical records.
Very little oral history was available as part of the research into those who went to fight as the families of succeeeding generations invariably said that their ancestors did not talk of their war time experiences. Some of the material dicovered in letters from the front and contemporary media reporting makes this understandable. Nevertheless many families had war time souvenirs – medals, badges, photographs, etc and were pleased to allow the researchers to include these in the book.
Chapters on the history of the village, its life before, during and after the war and the building of its War Memorial paint a picture of a quiet, rural community responding as best it could to the changes demanded by events totally outside its experience.
The book is enhanced by over 80 illustrations of people, places and wartime life and was launched in Areley Kings Village by former Independent MP Dr Richard Taylor as part of the village commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Amnesty of 1918. It is now available to buy here...