Wootton Bassett One Hundred Years Ago is the ultimate guide to the history of the town and its surrounding countryside during the post-Edwardian era. The series comprises three volumes: ‘The Great War’, ‘The Town’, and ‘The Country’, which together form the much extended and improved successor to my 2014 book ‘Wootton Bassett in the Great War’. I have more than doubled the research in the original book – which is why it has had to be split into three!
This volume is part one: ‘The Great War’. It begins with a Roll of Honour for the fallen heroes of Wootton Bassett, Hook, Lydiard Tregoze, Tockenham, and Brinkworth. It tells the story of the area throughout the war years, with reference to local regiments, recruitment, nursing, volunteer activity, employment, German prisoners of war, Belgian refugees, remembrance, war memorials, and much more. Finally a useful appendix and last names index acts as a resource for the subsequent books in the series.