Tales of Havant at war

Ann Griffiths's booklets about the impact of the two world wars on Havant.

Ann Griffiths's booklets about the impact of the two world wars on Havant.

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Two well-researched booklets have just become available about Havant, remembering the men of the area who lost their lives in the two great conflicts of the last century.

‘The Great War of 1914 to 1918’ and ‘Havant in the Second World War’ have both been written by Ann Griffiths and edited by Ralph Cousins and Richard Brown.

The booklets tell of all the men mentioned on the Havant war memorial on the corner of West Street and South Street alongside St Faith’s Church.

The author must have spent an age researching the books and they tell many tales, including one about how it would have been preferable to walk in the park than spend time in the death trap that was the air raid shelter.

Then there’s the story of Able Seaman Hubert Rogers who returned home on leave to find his father had been killed in an accident and was about to be buried.

Or the one about people being allowed to keep up to 10 hens or pullets but no cockerels.

There are fascinating stories of all the men lost during the First World War conflict.

Both booklets will be a worthy part of any collection. Available from The Spring, Havant, or Ralph Cousins on (023) 9248 for £5 each

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