ABSTRACT

This chapter space means of accumulating the list and the associated insights into local military matters. The building of a picture of the home front restricted to a few chosen aspects: the part played by gentry and professional people, and the local scale of war deaths and how matter was handled. Oral evidence appropriately collected and directed, and additional, relevant, documentary verification, to reconstruct the form of local societies in the period seventy to a hundred years ago. History research focuses; the war of 1914-19 is significant because it made a deep mark on British society. British world war experience is still very different from that of the Belgian, Dutch and French peoples, to whom war has generally meant invasion, occupation and confiscation of property. Enquiries in local bookshops undoubtedly turn up the increasing number of small books about life at home during the Second World War.