Author looks back at Sheffield in wartime

Author Scott Lomax
Author Scott Lomax
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A book which recognises Sheffield’s important role in the First World War has been published to mark 100 years since the beginning of the war.

The Home Front: Sheffield in the First World War has been written by author Scott Lomax after two years of research.

Scott scoured several sources including letters, diaries, council minutes and newspapers to put together the book, which also features more than 60 photographs showing aspects of life in Sheffield during the war.

Scott said: “Much has been written about the First World War and the involvement of the people of Sheffield on the front line.

“However, never before has a book been written about life in Sheffield during this period and how the war affected the city and those living in it. The book details the human experiences, thoughts, concerns, fears and hopes of Sheffield during one of the most important periods in the city’s history. And how the war helped make Sheffield what it is today.”

Themes in the 259-page book include Sheffield in 1914 before the war began, the run-up to war, the war fever which saw thousands of Sheffield men quickly sign up to the forces and the formation of the City Battalion, the attitudes towards Germans living in the city and German prisoners of war who were held in the city, the role of women and the end of the war and the peace celebrations.

The book is published by Barnsley-based Pen and Sword Books and is priced £14.99.

It is available from www.pen-and-sword.co.uk, Amazon and bookshops.