Stars in a Dark Night: Hornsea and the Great War

Author:   B.S. Barnes
Publisher:   Helion & Company
ISBN:  

9781912174997


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 July 2018
Format:   Paperback
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Stars in a Dark Night: Hornsea and the Great War


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This is the story of the small east coast town of Hornsea during and after the Great War. The war touched every aspect of life on the home Front and those who were left behind suffered terribly as the war dragged on. This study meticulously explores the problems, hardships and grief faced by the people of Hornsea and is a microcosm of the experience of the nation generally. Chapters one to five cover the experience of the population at home, many Hornsea families were interviewed by the author over a number of years and their photographs and memories' bring the text to life. Diaries and letters found in archives and in the possession of the people of Hornsea and surrounding areas highlight events that have long been forgotten, guns placed along the cliff top, Zeppelins roaring over Hornsea on their way to bomb Hull and the resulting chaos as anti-aircraft guns and searchlights lit up the night sky over Hornsea. The sky over Hull glowed red and the explosions of bombs and guns could be seen and heard clearly from Hornsea, after the raid the Zeppelins would roar over Hornsea once again with the resulting chaos of noise and lights, releasing any bombs they had not dropped on Hull. Eye witness accounts of these Zeppelin raids are featured in the text. Recruits were being trained in the town throughout the war and in the Hornsea Drill Hall one night a rifle was discharged by accident and blew the arm off one young man, the nurse who had to help hold him down as they amputated what was left of his arm has left a graphic description of her gruesome nights work. Thousands of troops were stationed in Hornsea and its surrounding areas to train, many of them met their future wives there. Others died in training of a number of ailments, one young man who could not take the strain anymore committed suicide, these men are all buried in Hornsea and the author has researched them all, even though they were not from that town. Many such unusual stories fill the first five chapters, from spy scares to people prosecuted for profiteering or ignoring the black-out regulations.

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Author:   B.S. Barnes
Publisher:   Helion & Company
Imprint:   Helion & Company
ISBN:  

9781912174997


ISBN 10:   1912174995
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 July 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Barrie Barnes has been interviewing veterans in the 80s and 90s and all of their accounts appear in his books. He was brought up on a North Hull housing estate by his grandparents and left school aged 15 with no qualifications to work in a series of none skilled occupations for 18 years. After this he got his qualifications (BA hons, M/Phil) and worked for 26 years as a school teacher in Hull and Beverley. This will be his seventh book, he has now retired to a little East Yorkshire market town and is working on a number of manuscripts for the future.

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