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Great War West Sussex 1914-18

Home Front topics

Over 100 digital sources including newspaper articles, photos, posters revealing more on life in West Sussex 1914-18 and how those on the Home Front helped the war effort.

Please contact us for permission if you wish to publish any of our content in print or online.

Further sources can be found in the Local Studies sections of public libraries, particularly the countywide collections at Worthing Library.

Agriculture, food and rationing Agriculture, food and rationing

  • Includes problems with food production, changes in farming to improve this, rationing and use of children as agricultural labourers.

Churches and moral issues Churches and moral issues

  • Includes how different churches reacted, how clergy helped minister to the local population and their opinions on the war; also view Durrington Parish Magazine.

Economy, employment and morale Economy, employment and morale

  • Includes the war’s effects on existing businesses, new munitions production, shop opening hours, plus challenging civilian behaviour which sometimes affected morale.

Enemy aliens and refugees Enemy aliens and refugees

  • Includes Belgian Refugees and the fundraising carried out to help them; also anti-German hysteria, the internment of enemy aliens, and POWs in West Sussex.

Fundraising Fundraising

  • Includes raising cash for the war effort ,comforts for the troops like tobacco, chocolate, clothing, plus recycling projects and such like.

Hospitals and convalescent homes Hospitals and convalescent homes

  • Includes Graylingwell Military Hospital, Chichester, plus many examples across the County, the work of the Red Cross and treatment of wounded Belgians and Indians.

Invasion threats and counter measures Invasion threats and counter measures

  • Includes blackouts or lighting restrictions, the first ‘Dad’s Army’ or volunteer defence forces, special constables, the role of the new boy scouts and more.

Military camps and aerodromes Military camps and aerodromes

  • Includes billeting of soldiers, military camps, aerodromes, Middleton aircraft factory and foreign troops.

Recruitment and mobilisation Recruitment and mobilisation

  • Includes mobilisation of men and horses, conscientious objectors and accounts of appeals against call-up at military tribunals.

Social life and sports Social life and sports

  • Includes how local societies, cricket, football and other sports were affected by the war, descriptions of concerts, shows, public houses and the importance of the cinema.

Those left behind and those who returned Those left behind and those who returned

  • Includes problems faced by servicemen who survived the war only to face unemployment, mental and physical disabilities and civilian criticisms; plus the flu epidemic.

War memorials and remembrance War memorials and remembrance

  • Includes how news of the Armistice in 1918 was received locally, Peace Day celebrations July 1919 and detailed case studies of local war memorials.

Women at war Women at war

  • Includes unemployment, but also new employment opportunities, Women’s Land Army, Women’s Institute and women at the centre of the war effort on the Home Front.

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