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Brothers at War - A First World War Family History

Sarah Ridley

6 Reviews

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c 1914 to c 1918 (including WW1), For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 9 years, Prose: non-fiction, History & the past: general interest (Children's /, People & places (Children's / Teenage)

11-year-old Eliza, with the help of her mother, investigates how the First World War affected her great-grandfather and his two brothers.

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 other documentary evidence, Eliza and Sarah uncover their fascinating family history of the First World War.

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Praise for Brothers at War - A First World War Family History

  • 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

  • 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. - C

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