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A remarkable effort...,
This review is from: Bradford in the Great War (Paperback)I enjoyed this book, especially as I was born and grew up in the city of Bradford myself. The previous reviewer has excellently described the contents of the book in detail and there is little that I can add to this.
What books there are on this subject naturally concentrate on the destruction of the two battalions of the Bradford Pals at Serre on 1/7/16. Here, in addition, there are stories of the lesser known Bradford Territorial battalions. However, more importantly, here are individual essays on life in the city itself which fill the background void behind the soldier's lives. An avid researcher into Bradford's Great War history myself, I found much new to learn in that Bradford practically clothed the entire British Army, Fabian Ware - the initiator of what was to become the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and David Railton - the man behind the idea of the 'unknown warrior', both had Bradford roots.
I have met and worked with the Bradford World War I group on several occasions. What they have produced is a credit to them and is indeed a tribute to our city. Producing such a book when the events portrayed are almost beyond living memory was indeed a very difficult task. They have succeeded in producing a lasting record and one I hope readers from outside the locality will read and come to learn why those of us from this essentially industrial city are proud of our forebears.