We are delighted to confirm that our first full-length publication on World War I is nearing completion, with a rough publication date of the end of October 2019. With only minor technical details still to be ironed out, the very latest the book will be published is by the end of 2019.

Why World War I?

World War I Belgium

Whilst there are many texts on the subject of World War I, there are relatively few on the city of Wolverhampton’s involvement. This book brings together a series of stories and details about the city’s various contributions to World War I, and is entitled “Wolverhampton’s Great War 1914-1921”. It is the work of numerous amateur historians, whose work has been pulled together by Wolverhampton Lamp magazine editor, Quintin Watt. Quintin has also contributed several chapters himself.

The book is an attempt to pull together as much information as possible about the city, its people and their contributions to the horror that was the First World War. Subsequently we hope this will act as a beacon for more stories to form further volumes.

The Society would like to pay tribute to the many individuals who have contributed to this publication. It has been a long journey and everyone involved has our eternal gratitude for committing to this important work.

What Can I Expect to Find Inside?

Vice President of the Western Front Association, Dr John Bourne, provides the book’s foreword.

The book will be approximately 90,000 words and span 18 chapters. In addition to this, the book contains a foreword by Dr John Bourne. John is regarded as the “Godfather of the Centre for First World War Studies” at Birmingham University and is also Vice President of the Western Front Association.

The book contains 18 chapters, based on the following topics:

Sankeys at War – The Firm and the Family
Clipped Wings – the Fallen Airmen of St. Philips
White Feathers and Concientious Objectors
The Gobourn Cousins
Zeppelin Raids
“Grandad’s War”
Thomas Clark
From Flanders Fields to Wolverhampton
Private John Vincent Thomas
Missing In Action – Arthur Stokes’s Great War
Midland Railway Casualties
Tank Bank Week
The Influenza Epidemic, 1918-19
Roland Elcock VC
Roads of Remembrance – Tree memorials in the city
Able Seaman Douglas M. Harris.

I’m Interested – How Do I Get a Copy?

The book will be around the £10 mark (TBC) and will be available at our monthly talks. If you live further afield, we will post it (both domestic and internationally). The price of postage will be available once a prototype is produced to determine its weight and relevant post type.

If you’d like to register your interest and add yourself to our mailing list to keep updated on the progress of the book, please fill in the form below.

I Can’t Wait For All That!

Haven’t you heard the phrase “patience is a virtue”? Well, if you’re in the mood to know more about the subject, you can watch Dr Bourne talk here:

If you’re interested in the Western Front Association, you can find more here:

https://www.westernfrontassociation.com/

And if you want more from us, check out Quintin’s excellent piece on Wolverhampton and the Battle of Jutland here:

https://wolverhamptonsociety.com/2019/03/01/jutland-why-did-wolverhamptons-sailors-sink-without-trace/