Wednesday 12th April
6.30 – 8.00 pm
Leading Colchester historian Andrew Phillips will be here to talk about his new book ‘Colchester in the Great War’.
This is a free event but our space is limited so please get in touch to book your ticket.
email email@example.com or phone 01206 578584
About the Book
Few towns equalled Colchester in their role in the Great War. In this expert account, Andrew Phillips records four of the most dramatic years in the town’s history. Over 10 per cent of Colchester’s adult men died in the conflict, the highest in eastern England and twice the national average. The garrison was Headquarters of Eastern Region and supplied many of the men who prevented the early defeat of France. The town then became a training area for at least 100,000 recruits. While training, guns on the Western Front could often be heard. At times Colchester’s civilian population of 40,000 was equalled by 40,000 troops, who often billeted with local families or housed in large tent cities. Soon thousands of requisitioned horses, trucks, artillery pieces and munitions were also assembled in the town.
As the war took its deadly toll, Colchester became one vast hospital as the wounded arrived by train. An enlarged garrison hospital, an enlarged civilian hospital and six Red Cross Hospitals nursed at least 110,000 men.
Published by Pen & Sword, paperback £12.99