War Story - Ethel ThomasBristol: Mrs. Ethel Thomas, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “This book, which marks the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, is a history of Avonmouth and Shirehampton through both World Wars. War Story is a natural follow-up to the Author’s previous works, i. e., The Avonmouth Story published in 1977, Down the ‘Mouth’ in 1981 (both now out of print and become Collectors items) and Shirehampton Story published in 1984.
Unlike many war books which give accounts of great battles, these pages relate how the two World Wars affected the lives of local folk. As a port Avonmouth was of National and International importance in both conflicts, which in no small measure involved Shirehampton.
This book recalls local activities during the Great War, such as the Remount Depot, Mustard Gas Factory, Smelting Works and Auxiliary Hospitals. The course of the Second World War is traced, with a diary of the Bristol air raids, activities of various ships connected with Avonmouth, and the invasion of these parts by the Americans, 1942-1944. The book concludes with details of wartime rationing, solving the post-war housing shortage, and a brief account of the life and work of Ernest Bevin.
‘War Story’ is a unique local history, and as with Mrs. Thomas’ previous works, is a first in its particular field.”