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Much has been written about the men who left to fight in the First World War but what was life really like for those left behind on the Home Front?
A bustling market town profoundly touched by the war, St Albans is the perfect place of which to ask this question, thanks in part to the survival of exceptionally rich archives of records from the period.
In 1914 St Albans had a population of over 24,000 people. Within days of the outbreak of war, with all the emotion and upheaval that entailed, the town also had to adjust to the arrival of more than 7,000 soldiers for whom billets needed to be found.
This book considers the social changes that took place as St Albans became a garrison town for the first time in centuries.
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