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Hive Hosts Book Launch of Worcestershire's War

Authors of a new book drawing on the experiences of Worcestershire’s locals during the First World War will be at The Hive for a book launch and signing on Tuesday 28 October.

The book uses letters, diaries and journals from the time to build up a fascinating picture of how the county experienced the war.

Worcestershire’s War, a volume in the series ‘Voices of the First World War’, published by Amberley, is written by Professor Maggie Andrews, of the University of Worcester, Dr Adrian Gregson, of Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and Dr John Peters, Head of Academic Practice at Newman University, Birmingham.

The launch event will take place at 4.30pm at The Hive. Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet the authors and have their copies of the book signed.

Commenting on the book, Professor Maggie Andrews, said: “The First World War was not just about the Tommy fighting in the trenches; Worcestershire men and women had some very different experiences as POWs or fighting in the Middle East.

“This book also discusses how Worcestershire was affected by the war including: women's work in munitions and agriculture, the arrival of Belgium refugees, convalescence hospitals, food shortages and food production. We hope that it will be a starting point for a range of further research in the county over the next four years.”

The launch will be followed at 5.30pm, by a seminar to explore the Centenary of the Battle of Gheluvelt. One third of the Worcestershire 2nd Battalion were lost at the Battle of Gheluvelt on 31 October 1914, which has an almost mythical status in the history of the regiment and the City of Worcester.

In advance of the 100 year anniversary of Gheluvelt Day,  Dr Spencer Jones, of the University of Wolverhampton, will speak on ‘The Demon Saves the Day: Charles FitzClarence VC and the Battle for Gheluvelt’ and be followed by Dr Janis Lomas (Independent Scholar) discussing ‘The Women Gheluvelt Left behind: WW1 Widows’.

To book a place on the seminar please contact Professor Maggie Andrews maggie.andrews@worc.ac.uk.

For further information on commemorating Worcestershire in the Great War see: www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk www.voicesofwarandpeace.org