Royston's Call to Arms - Volume 1, Letters and Interviews from a Market Town in Hertfordshire 1914-1915, by Yolanda Hayes
Booklet published by the Royston and District Local History Society in 2016, 92 pages. Spiral bound A5 size booklet (N6792PE)
This booklet collects together letters and accounts written during the early part of the First World War by soldiers who came from the Hertfordshire town of Royston, as well as some by men who spent time billeted in the town during that period.
From the introduction: While carrying out research to update the Douglas Plowman's War Memorial Book, I began reading the 1914-1918 editions of the Royston Crow, the local newspaper. It was at this point that I came across interviews and letters from men not only born in Royston, but of those who came to live and work in the town. Also letters from members of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the Cheshire Regiments who were briefly billeted with Royston families and became adopted members of the community.
It is now over a 100 years since the start of the war, these stories should be heard again and this book, Volume 1, is a selected compilation of some of the letters and interviews printed in the newspaper during this period.
This publication is not a history of World War One, it is an eyewitness account of those men from the small market town or Royston in Hertfordshire, who were called to or volunteered to serve their country. This is a record of their personal views of the war, writing of their experiences to their families and friends back home. For the authencity, all letters and interviews have been transcribed from the newspaper as spoken and or written in the language of the period. I have set out the letters and interviews in the chronological order of the events and not when the letters appear in the newspaper...
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover is clean and bright, with only one or two very minor scuffs, the spiral binding is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.