Warfare in News

Posted on Friday 20th March

Timothy McCracken, author of Dumfriesshire in the Great War is hosting an author talk and book signing event on Wednesday, 25 March. The event is open to all and will be held at The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs at 6.30pm.

In Dumfriesshire, the most striking change during the Great War was to occur around Gretna, where the largest cordite factory in the UK was established in 1916. Throughout the region the impact of the First World War was felt greatly by the local communities, which were decimated by the losses suffered during the conflict. The huge influx of workers to H.M. Factory Gretna disrupted areas of daily life and caused an increase in crime. The population of Dumfriesshire supported those who directly suffered as a result of the war, in a number of ways, including the production of wound dressings, the provision of auxiliary hospitals and fundraising efforts to provide support to refugees. Dumfriesshire in the Great War – part of the Your Towns and Cities in the Great War series – illustrates the Great War experiences of the Dumfriesshire population.

Available now in paperback, Kindle and ePub formats.

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Dumfriesshire in the Great War

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Dumfriesshire in the Great War

(Paperback - 108 pages)
by Timothy McCracken

In Dumfriesshire, the most striking change during the Great War was to occur around Gretna. Here the largest cordite factory in the UK was established, work commencing on the factory in 1915, with completion in 1916.

Throughout the region the impact of the First World War was felt greatly by the local communities, which were decimated by the losses suffered during the conflict. The huge influx of workers to H.M. Factory Gretna… Read more...


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