Southwick Heritage Talk looks at life on the home front

A Shoreham Camp postcard with greetings
A Shoreham Camp postcard with greetings

LIFE on the Sussex home front in the Great War is the theme of the Southwick Society’s next Heritage Talk.

The illustrated talk, Sussex in the Great War, will be given at the Southwick Community Centre on Monday at 7.30pm.

Secretary Nigel Divers said: “While the troops were away fighting, people at home in the county were affected in many ways.

“The area was dotted with training camps, convalescent camps, military hospitals and airfields for the new-fangled aeroplanes and airships.

“The ports were busy taking materials to France and the railways equally so carrying troops and munitions of war.

“Farmers were enjoined to produce food and Land Girls replaced labourers who had gone to war. There were recruiting drives, tragedies at sea and rationing of food.

“Sometimes the noise of guns at the front could even be heard in Sussex. We are delighted to welcome history expert Ian Everest to tell us the story of the home front in Sussex.”

Admission is £4, reduced to £2 for members of the Southwick Society. The talks programme is part of the outreach of the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre, operated by the Southwick Society.

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