World War 1 - The Families

Our display follows the lives of some of the local families from the census of 1891 through that of 1901 to 1911 and beyond to World War 1, The Great War’ of 1914 – 1918.


They cannot possibly have imagined the changes to their lives those years would make.


In 1891, some of our young men and women had not even been born. By 1911, many had left home to work in various places, farming and domestic service providing jobs for most.


Then, in 1914, came war with Germany.


Parliament agreed to an increase on the army, of 50,000 men and The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, called for 100,000 volunteers; a new army.




Young men, from all walks of life, flocked to join up for this new adventure. Whole streets, villages, firms formed ‘pals battalions.


The war, they said, would be over by Christmas anyway!


The volunteers sang, flags were waved and they were cheered as they marched away to fight.


But by 1916, with many thousands dead or wounded, the war had practically ground to a halt in the mud of the trenches in France and Belgium.


The number of volunteers slowed to a trickle and conscription was introduced.


And they never sang again as they did in 1914.


IntroductionSee the displays for families below:




See Introduction to life on the home front