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In 2013 the Forest of Dean Local History Society initiated a project to study the 'Home Front' in the Forest of Dean in World War One. Using primary sources at Gloucestershire Archives, and contemporary copies of the local newspaper, the Dean Forest Mercury, a number of members of the Society volunteered to work on the project, and the results of their efforts were exhibited for three months at the Dean Heritage Centre in 2014.     WW1 posterfinal   
The Forest at War  

The History Society then decided to continue the project to include the production of a book. Project members were invited to extend their original essays, and the considerable archive of material concerning World War One contained in the Society's journal, The New Regard, was also used to produce material for the book.

Finally in spring 2018, thanks particularly to the efforts of David Harris and Cheryl Mayo, the book "The Forest at War --Life in the Forest of Dean During World War One" was published.

The lead article, Christine Martyn's 2005 article - "The war to end all wars" - provides a comprehensive overview of the Forest, which together with the other essays produce, we trust, a rounded view of life at the time in the Forest of Dean.


Contents of The Forest at War:

  • The war to end all wars by Christine Martyn
  • Rules and Regulations DORA: a civilian version of martial law by Kate and Peter Ellis
  • The Three Salmons Inn and the National Dockyard at Beachley by Averil Kear
  • Give us our daily bread by Simon Moore
  • The Volunteer Training Corps by Keith Walker
  • War Bonds & War Charities by Keith Walker
  • The first aeroplane at Cinderford
  • The Wood Distillation Works by Roger Deeks
  • The City of Ghosts...î by Sam Eedle
  • My Family At War by Dave Tuffley
  • Walter Price DCM of Newnham by Teresa Powell
  • Thomas Joseph ñ Coachman of Clanna and his family by David Reade
  • The Conscription Of Miners Ian Wright
  • Forest Of Dean Conscientious Objectors Ian Wright
  • Women's roles on Home Front Dean by Mary Sullivan
  • The Cable Works At Lydbrook by Sue Gordon-Smith
  • Belgian Refugees by Cecile Hunt
  • Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals Nationally and County Wide by Keith Walker
  • Pvt Reginald Thomas Packer, Grenadier Guards by Eric Nicholls and Roger Deeks
  • War memorials by Cecile Hunt


You can buy a copy of 'The Forest at War' here......