Brothers at War - A First World War Family History by Sarah Ridley


Brothers at War - A First World War Family History by Sarah Ridley

At the turn of the 20th century four brothers were born to the Baker family, Lionel, Arthur, Maurice and Harold. Over a hundred years later Eliza, one of Arthur Baker's great-grandchildren, and her mother, Sarah, decided to find out about these ancestors. They delved into the past to uncover for themselves the story of Lionel, Arthur and Maurice during the First World War. Using letters sent from the Western Front, a diary written in a prisoner of war camp and a wealth of authentic sources, including family photographs, Eliza and Sarah uncover their fascinating family history of the First World War. Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, this is a great resource for readers aged 12 and up.


An excellent account of the lives of four male ancestors and the parts they played in the First World War. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and excerpts from the family's archives and official sources. It is a superb resource that can be used by librarians and teachers to encourage children to research their own family histories and to learn more about the war and how it affected society at home and abroad. School Librarian An excellent book with web site information to get you started on your own family research. Carousel Reinforces the understanding that soldiers are people with experiences apart from fighting in a war... manages to make social history personal. English 4-11 Reminds us that soldiers are people with lives and relationships quite apart from their role as fighting men. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Born in Suffolk, Sarah Ridley lives on the Suffolk/Essex border and is a writer and editor of educational books for children and young people. Recently, a life-long interest in history has led her to write books about the First World War, inspired by reading letters written by soldiers who served in the conflict. Brothers at War tells the story of uncovering the material held in her own family's archives. Dear Jelly sets letters written by soldier brothers to their younger sisters at its core. Teenage children keep Sarah busy when she isn't tied to her computer, and she relaxes by walking along river estuaries close to her home.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

27th June 2013



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