When the Office Went to War: War letters from men of the Great Western Railway

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During the course of the First World War, staff of the Great Western Railway's Audit Office sent letters and photographs back to their employer in Paddington, which were in turn collated into monthly "newsletters" by those who stayed at home to keep Britain moving. Today these newsletters give a unique insight into the Great War - these soldiers were writing to inform and entertain their colleagues rather than to comfort a worrying parent or to confess their love to a distant partner - and bring a distinct band of individuals to life.The story is told chronologically to recreate the suspense in the Audit Office as the remaining few waited to hear from their colleagues at the Front.
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ISBN-13: 9781844862801
ISBN-10: 1844862801
Pagini: 304
Ilustrații: Plates contain original letters, postcards, photographs and other memorabilia sent back by the soldiers.
Dimensiuni: 135 x 216 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.47 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Conway
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Unlike more traditional anthologies of First World War letters, this collection brings to life a community of individuals. The Audit Office is almost a character in itself, expressing itself through the monthly summaries around which a narrative emerges.

Notă biografică

The collection is edited by and has a commentary from specialist archivists at The National Archives.