Something Special For the Centenary
The first time I had any inclination of the devastating affects of WW1 was when I learned about it in primary school in the 1980's.
The class was shown a photograph of a large Victorian country house with two vintage cars parked outside.
It was then explained to us that at this time all the men had gone to war, there was no one to drive the cars and there were no butlers or servants to run the country house.
It was explained to us that at this time women had to pick up the baton and do their best in the absence of the men who had gone to war.
For many or most women, it was the first time they had ever been asked to do what ordinarily would have been considered man's work, however, for the good of the country, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
I also remember being told that men had to walk across no man's land like gentlemen, but as we know well, war is not a gentleman's game.
On the following pages you will find a collection of articles relating to Pelsall and WWI, which I'm sure you will enjoy.
In addition to my work, I would like to mention The True And Faithful Men by Ken Wayman, which is the most comprehensive history of all Pelsall Servicemen in the Great War, 1914 - 1918.