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The North Eastern Railway in the First World War [Kindle Edition]

Rob Langham
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The North Eastern Railway in the First World War, like all of the British Railways, underwent a lot of changes, and not just from the inevitable loss of male staff who joined the Army and Navy. Just four months from the outbreak of war, on 16 December 1914, the North Eastern Railway came under attack from the Imperial German Navy during the Bombardment of Whitby, Scarborough and Hartlepool, resulting in damage to North Eastern Railway buildings, track and rolling stock, and resulting in the deaths of two members of staff. 18,339 members of staff, 34% of the workforce, were released for military service - 2,236 of those men died during the war, and 300 received military decorations. There was even a North Eastern Railway Pals Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. Changes weren't just to affect the men of the North Eastern Railway - at the outbreak of war the Railway employed 1,470 women and girls, by the end of the war it employed 7,885, not including an additional 1,000 temporarily employed at the Darlington National Projectile Factory built and ran by the NER. This book tells the story of the men, women and machines of the North Eastern Railway during the Great War.


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About the Author

Rob Langham is a Great War Historian and Researcher. He is currently working on a major book on the Handley Page O/100 of 1915 and the O/400 of 1918 - a "bloody paralyser of an aeroplane".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9440 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZ3O3CG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Rob Langham is a Great War Historian with strong interests in the home front and the Gallipoli Campaign. He is a graduate in Aviation Management BSc and has since worked in the aviation and logistics industries. He is currently working on new books including 'Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War' and 'Gallipoli Gunners', telling the story of the Royal Artillery at Gallipoli. Rob currently resides in Hampshire and shares his writing space with his tolerant wife and cat. In 2014 he featured in an episode of 'Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo', talking about the role of the 17th (North Eastern Railway) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Railways at war 18 Jan. 2014
Format:Hardcover
The Great War centenary has brought forth a plethora of books by media types and faux historians desperate to cash in on what they fondly hope will be a gold mine! This book by Rob Langham is the other side of the coin. Not 'sexy' aimed at 'capitalising' on 'the market' this is the result of his long standing personal interest and hard grafting research - with not a team of researchers in sight! This is the fruit of his labours: a truly fascinating book. We read of the huge commitment of the North Eastern Railway to the war, both as a railway responsible for moving stupendous amounts of economic staples, war materials, horses, soldiers and, of course, the teeming wounded around the north-east, but also in the commitment and war service of any railway's most valuable resource - it's workforce.

As the reservists, territorials and new recruits for Kitchener's armies went off to war, the railways had to cope with suddenly losing thousands of men, stretching the limits of the whole organisation. On top of that the North Eastern Railway even raised their own battalion - the 17th Northumberland Fusiliers, whose recruits were trained as first soldiers, then pioneers, but ultimately their main role was in the operation of the various types of light railways essential on the Western Front. An unsung role, but absolutely vital to any major offensive operations. Nothing but railways could have moved the sheer quantities of munitions, supplies and men needed at battles like the Somme or Ypres.

I was particularly interested in his account of the brisk bombardment by German battle cruisers of Scarborough and Hartlepool, recounting the response of the railwaymen caught up in sudden drama, the damage suffered and the casualties.
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This book details the history of the railways in the north-east of England during the First World War and how the men and women who worked on the railways helped the war effort. It is detailed, well informed and full of interesting anecdotes. The many personal histories of the people involved at the time gives a human perspective to the whole thing and brought home to me that it wasn't just the soldiers on the front lines and their families who gave everything to win this conflict. It is a well written and interesting book and most of all it is a good read.
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A fascinating account of an aspect of our railways which tends to get little attention, compared with the Second World War period - well worth having for someone like me who is very interested in the North Eastern Railway.
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