A Village at War, by Clive Harrison, subtitled 'A commentary on life in the village of Cottingley 1914-1919'
A5 size booklet published privately by the author in 2016, 88 pages. (N6387PE)
From the introduction: Life in Cottingley was probably much the same as any other village in the British Isles during the First World War - trying to continue as before, whilst in places far from home men from the village were fighting and dying for their King and Country. Life, however, could not continue as normal as at least one hundred and seventy one men are known to have left the village to serve in the armed forces. Thirty one of them never returned and those who did were scarred, physically or mentally, for the rest of their lives.
As a result of researching the lives of the Cottingley men who served in the armed forces during the First World War lots of information about day to day activities in the village also came to light and this book is based on that information, gleaned from the newspaper articles of the time together with materials from the West Yorkshire Archives and Cottingley Town Hall records.
This booklet tries to demonstrate what life was like in Cottingley during that period, but does also include some information about the periods leading up to and after the war. At war, Cottingley had its heroes - five men were awarded medals for gallantry in the conflict - while at home the families rallied round to provide funds to support the men at the front and to supply goods and materials to ease the punishing conditions their menfolk were experiencing in the trenches and in preparation for action on the training grounds at home. Sections in the booklet include:
The Rifle Club
Supporting The Men
News From The Front
Casualties Of War
Crime And Punishment
The Town Hall
The Free Church
Women's Guild Of Christian Service
St. Michael & All Angels' Church
The Choral Society
Peace And Remembrance
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.