Gainsborough: Next volume of Gainsborough’s War Story is being launched

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The second volume of Peter Bradshaw’s book, Gainsborough’s War Story, will be launched at the Heritage Centre on Saturday, January 16, at 10am.

Anyone is welcome to attend.

The first book has almost sold out and this second book continues the story.

It begins with the aftermath of the “Hell’s Kitchen” explosion, the first large-scale loss of life of local soldiers.

Later it details the 60 plus soldiers from the town and surrounding villages who were killed in the attack at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on October 13, 1915. Many others were gassed and wounded.

For Gainsborough this was the highest number of casualties throughout the entire war.

Many local people are unaware that many local soldiers fought at Gallipoli and the book tells their remarkable story.

Also detailed is the entry into the war of the local 8th Lincolns, many of whom were killed or taken prisoner of war within two weeks of their arrival in France in September 1915.

The letters home of local soldier Jack Watkin are also published with the kind permission of his niece Hilary Bennett.

These letters, always signed “From Your Loving Son Jack,” give the day-to-day experiences of a young soldier from enlisting at the start of the war, his training and going out to France, and his life in the trenches.

Further details can be obtained about the book launch by emailing chairman@gainsboroughheritage.com, visiting www.gainsboroughheritage.com or calling 01427 610526.

Gainsborough Heritage Centre is open Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm and the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 11am to 4 pm.