City of London in the Great War

Stephen Wynn

Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Your Towns & Cities in the Great War
Illustration :
176 pages of integrated illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473828599
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Throughout the First World War, London played a major part in Great Britain's war effort, both at home and abroad. A far as Germany was concerned, the city was their ultimate goal – the ultimate target that would bring them the sought-after victory they so desired.

With the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, the heart of British Government at the Houses of Parliament and one of Europe's major financial centres, situated at the Bank of England, London was a major prize that would either be protected or lost to the enemy. With a real belief amongst the British public that there would be an invasion at some time during the war, the security of the countries capital was paramount not only for survival of the nation, but also to ensure that public morale remained high.

The capital was a central hub for recruitment with centres popping up all over the city, at places such as Scotland Yard and the Tower of London. There was a regiment for everybody, catering for all elements of society from the labourer, to the landed gentry, for the more affluent, as well as those less well off, and from the professional sportsman, to the city banker; everybody wanted to do their bit for King and Country.

The book looks at many different aspects of wartime London: the Members of Parliament who left their comfortable lifestyles, who fought and died for their country, the Silvertown munitions factory explosion, the twelve German spies who were shot at the Tower of London, and the hundreds of military hospitals that were spread across London. Part of St Thomas's Hospital, for example, treated the wounds of 11,396 military personnel between 1915-19.

City of London in the Great War records yet another chapter in the history of the nation's capital, during the four-year period of time, which will live in the memory of the city forever more.

About The Author

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. His sons served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, Two Sons in a Warzone – Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father’s Conflict, published in October 2010. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.

When not writing Stephen can be found walking his three German Shepherd dogs with his wife Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning, when most normal people are still fast asleep.


"Stephen Wynn’s book ‘City of London in the Great War’ interesting book on Londoner’s response to the Call to Arms at the outbreak on the First World War. A response I doubt we shall never see again.
The book describes how thousands of men young and not so young flocked to recruitment centers throughout London. Territorials were called to the Colours, many of whom had served in far flung British outpost scattered through-out the Empire and now had families to support. New battalions where raised including the Post Office Rifles and the ‘Pals Battalions who marched through mud on the Somme. There was a Regiment for everybody whether a labourer, businessmen, bankers or landed gentry even gentrified ladies. The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry Corp was open to ladies who could ride, preferable with their own horse, to be trained in First Aid and Nursing and would ride into the battlefield to attend to the wounded. They received no wages but paid 10 shillings enrolment fee and paid 6/- shillings a month there-after. Only for the affluent I would suggest. ‘City of London in the Great War’ is well supported with photographs and descriptions of acts of heroism. The work could be useful, as a starter, to readers researching their late London relative’s road to war."

- Richard Gough, Military Author and Historian

"With more and more people opting to visit the various battlefields of the first world war, these tourist guides from Pen and Sword are absolutely invaluable."

- Books Monthly

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