World War One and its Transformations

  • Carol Komaromy
  • Jenny Hockey


Bert Manning, Jenny’s paternal grandfather, is introduced in this chapter, starting with his birth into a farming family in South Devon in 1881, his life as the owner of a small-town draper’s shop, his conscription into the army in 1917 and his death in northern France in 1918. His story illustrates the fate of men wounded in this war, their burial and War Office communications with widows. What was happening in Northern Ireland at the same time is then described, detailing the background of internal conflict about Ireland’s relationship with Britain and outlining the circumstances of Carol’s family, the Gilmours, in rural Coleraine at that time.


World War One Death in war Irish political history Irish rural life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Komaromy
    • 1
  • Jenny Hockey
    • 2
  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.The University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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