Remembrance of a Riot - The Story of the Llanelli Railway Strike Riots of 1911, by John Edwards
Published by the Llanelli Civic Society, 242 pages. Paperback (N5262)
This book provides a fascinating and detailed history of the Llanelli Riots of 1911, a series of events precipitated by the National Railway Strike of 1911. Mass picketing by strikers at Llanelli railway station was brutally suppressed by the police, and two men were shot and killed by soldiers (The army was called in by the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill). Rioting followed and magistrates' homes were attacked and railway trucks were set on fire, resulting in an explosion which killed a further four people...
From the preface: The Llanelli Riots took place on 19th August, 1911. Their immediate cause was the very first national Railway Strike which lasted only two days. The strike started on Thursday evening and, by Saturday night, two young men had been shot dead by the military. One man was killed when a railway truck exploded and, on the following day, three more people died from their imjuries. The story of the Riots is set in a period of great involves prominent figures on the international scene such as Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, King George V, and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany!
The intention of this work is to set out the facts, as accurately as possible, fro ma wide variety of sources and, at the same time, to make it readable to as wide an audience as possible. For this reason, I have e use of footnotes which can be both distracting and irritating. That, I assure you, is not to say that the book has not been researched in accorance with the highest professional standard....
Condition of the book is generally good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs and blemishes, and some light wear and creasing along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover