A Working Class War - Tales from Two Families, Edited by Jess Steele
Published by Deptford Forum Publishing in 1995, 120 pages. Paperback (N5983)
This book collects together the memories, experiences and reminiscences of two working class London families during the Second World War - the Shingler family from Stratford in East London, and the Welches from Deptford south of the river.
From the rear side cover: The Second World War was not an event but an era. It was a time when many people had to make hard choices and many more had no choices at all. For working class families this was not unusual. Survival continued to be the essential guide to life.
While Billy Welch crouched in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, Harry Shingler split rope in an English prison as a conscientious objector. Both of them had chosen the course of action which seemed right; both of them faced unexpected and unpleasant results.
Two ordinary, working class families, on each side of a great river, watched the docks go up in flames. Here they tell their stories and bring home to us the massive diversity of experience of that one war, half a century ago, which continues to fascinate us...
Condition of the book is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and creases but is clean and tidy, the spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is some light yellowing to the inside page edges