The impact of war, c.1914–15
in Civvies
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This chapter explores some of the changes experienced by middle-class men as they went about their 'everyday' lives in wartime. Focusing particularly on the first twelve months or so of the war, the chapter suggests that the middle-class men were physically distanced from the actual fighting, the war intruded in their lives in a variety of ways. According to Macleod Yearsley, it was only in the early months of 1915 that people on the home front really began to realise the seriousness of the war. News, as well as gossip and rumours, were increasingly acquired through such word-of-mouth sources. In December 1915 H.C. Cossins noted that several series of cinematograph records have been taken of life at the front. Reginald Gibb's attitude towards the conflict was more critical than that of most middleclass civilian men.


Middle-class men on the English Home Front, 1914–18


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