By: Forest of Dean Local History Society
When war broke out in July 1914, Foresters were in two minds about it.
Most welcomed the news with enthusiastic patriotism and many young
men rushed to sign up for the King’s shilling. Others weren’t sure this
war had anything to do with them, and the powers that be could just get
on with it if that’s what they wanted. But it didn’t take long for the impact
to be felt in all kinds of ways, including even a man’s drinking hours,
and his wife going out to work.
This collection of essays by members of
the Forest of Dean Local History Society ranges from detailed studies of
munitions and Cable Works in the Forest through to the recounting of
family history of soldiers who fought and lived – and died. Collectively,
it provides the reader with an accessible and readable overview of life in
the Forest of Dean during the Great War