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The streets they left behind

First World War, Wiltshire

KYP - World War 1, Wiltshire

Despite early optimism, World War One would come to devastate the lives of British families up and down the country. Wiltshire families were separated from their loved ones for the duration of the First World War, with some never to return. Those at home were left behind to cope.

Women replaced men in many occupations including working in munitions factories and transport as well as volunteering in the military auxiliary services, the Land Army and as nurses.

Many last goodbyes were said on the streets of towns and villages across the West County as soldiers marched to war.

If you have memories of Wiltshire in wartime you can share your stories with Know Your Place HERE


Images: Copyright Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre – P54895, P5042, P53308, 2809-2d v2, 3433-7-5c, 3560-6-11c v2; and South West Heritage Trust – SA.EBN.2.4.

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