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Dorchester Remembers the Great War Paperback – 12 Jul 2012


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Roving Press Ltd (12 July 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1906651167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906651169
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During the Great War of 1914-18 over 1100 men enlisted from the small market town of Dorchester. They served in such diverse theatres of war as France, India, Mesopotamia and Russia. Most of them survived that terrible conflict and returned home to tell their own unique stories. Those who did not are commemorated on the Borough's war memorials and in its two cemeteries. Dorchester Remembers gives a voice to those men and one woman who did not return. Through their poignant personal stories, the effect the war had on each individual and their families is revealed. But more than this, their stories weave together into a fascinating social history that shines light on the impact the war had on the very fabric of Edwardian Dorchester. The town once had the largest prisoner-of-war camp in Britain and an important military presence, yet signs of this have all but disappeared. This book brings it all to life, with an endearing look at the community of Dorchester through the Great War years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Baker VINE VOICE on 21 Aug 2012
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The increasingly ready availability of information about the units and men who fought in the Great War has spawned two successful genres over the last decade or so - the detailed history of a particular unit, and the directory-style study of men listed on a particular war memorial. Here is an example of a works in the latter genre.

This is a super book that for the most part is a roll of honour of the men who lived in or died in Dorchester, with good introductory chapters on the town and events during the war and the legacy in terms of memorials and cemeteries there. Being a county town and a military garrison before the war, it has perhaps more of interest than many places. Notable was the development of a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers at nearby Poundbury: by 1919 this could accommodate 4000 men, which equates to some 40% of Dorchester's own civilian population.

The roll of honour is presented in chronological order of the men's deaths. Each year begins with a summary of military and political events of the period, giving a good backdrop to the detailed biographical paragraphs. The author has evidently drawn upon military service records, regimental histories and war diaries, local newspapers and other sources to provide a clear and at times touching account. Many of the biographies are accompanied by portrait photographs and on occasion we also see where the man lived. The author has chosen not to include photographs of their war grave headstones or commemorations on memorials to the missing.

For anyone from or interested in the town; for anyone interested particularly in the Dorsetshire Regiment; or for any budding researcher-author wishing to see an excellent example of the art, this is well worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJP Online on 11 Aug 2012
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Absolutely wonderfully researched and a fascinating read, a must for all family historians or just for somebody who has ever stood in front of a war memorial and wondered just who those brave boys (and girls) were.
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I bought this as a Birthday present for my husband who has an interest in anything to do with WW1 and lived near Dorchester for many years. He seemed pleased with the book and appeared to enjoy reading it.
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