Dundee and the Great War Home Front

The November Friends of Dundee City Archives lunchtime talk will be given by Linda Nicoll, the FDCA’s very own chair. Linda has spent the last few years researching the effects of the First World War on the lives of people at home in Dundee. This research has come together in the form of a book. During her talk, Linda will give us a brief introduction to some of the key themes and stories from the book.

The book looks at the everyday lives of the people of Dundee as they struggled to cope with the impact of war at home. It covers the hardships of daily life with the restrictions imposed by the Defence of the Realm Act and food rationing. It considers the changing role of women as they embraced new roles in the workplace. In schools, children knitted comforts for the troops and held many fundraising events for the war effort. Ambulance trains arrived in Dundee fortnightly, bringing wounded soldiers from trenches to our local hospitals. Dundee also gave shelter to Serbian refugee boys and educated them in our schools.

Other areas covered include the seaplane and submarine bases, local churches and city planning for the post war years. Finally, it looks at the peace celebrations and concludes with the unveiling of Dundee’s War memorial. The book is fully illustrated and costs £9.99. It will be available at the talk or from the Dundee City Archives. Alternatively, receive a copy by post, please send an email to archives@dundeecity.gov.uk. (Please note there is a £5.00 postage and packing charge to the UK and £9.00 for overseas addresses).

The talk will take place on Thursday 1st November at 1pm, in the Glasite Hall on King Street. It’s free entry to all FDCA Lunchtime Talks and everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a member of the friends. See the FDCA website for more information.

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