Great War Railwaymen

Britain’s Railway Company Workers at War 1914-1918

Jeremy Higgins

Great War Railwaymen

Jeremy Higgins

Distributed for Uniform Press

With a Foreword by Michael Portillo and an Introduction by General The Lord Dannatt
320 pages | 120 halftones | 9 x 9 3/4 | © 2014
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781910500002 Published August 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
As the lifeblood of the First World War, the railway network in Britain became more essential than ever before, as it transported men and supplies back and forth from the front on a staggering scale. Railways were fundamental to the war effort: if they were ever to break down, the grand war machine would collapse along with them. Great War Railwaymen celebrates the incredible technological and strategic achievement of this system, as well as the hardworking people behind the scenes who operated it.
With a foreword by Michael Portillo, this book offers not only a loving account of the immense dedication and bravery of the thousands who ran the war railways, but also over 120 fascinating photos from the renowned collections of the Imperial War Museums and the National Railways Museum.
Foreword Michael Portillo
Introduction General Lord Dannatt
1. Before the War
The War

Part 1 Stories of Railwaymen at War
2. Army Railwaymen on the Western Front
3. Army Railwaymen in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Palestine and other Fronts
4. Military Railway Operations on the Western Front and Palestine
5. Aviator Railwaymen
6. Naval Railwaymen
7. Maritime Railwaymen

Part 2 Stories of Railwaymen Who Died
8. The Railway Works - Including Derby and Swindon – Depots & Stations
9. Railway People
10. Gallantry and Decorations

Part 3 Stories of Railway Companies at War
11. The Railway Companies
12. Reflections
Thanks and Acknowledgements

Appendix 1 Methodology
Appendix 2 The railway dead in the Great War and where the 12,500 came from
Appendix 3 Numbers of railwaymen recorded on the ‘St Paul’s Service, 1919’ by railway company
Appendix 4 The 12,500 and with whom they served
Appendix 6 The worst days for railwaymen
Appendix 7 Railwaymen killed on 1.7.16 on the Battle of the Somme
Appendix 8 List of Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries of the 242 who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme
Appendix 9 Royal Navy vessels sunk with railwaymen on board
Appendix 10 Railway maritime ships sunk

Index of Names
Review Quotes
Journal of Economic Literature
"Explores the contribution of British railway companies and railways operated or utilized overseas to the war effort during World War I, considering the railway of the Central Powers in the buildup to conflict in Europe."
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