Talk to focus on home front

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A LOOK into the past will uncover Bognor Regis’ activities on the home front.

World War One centenary commemorations continue at the town’s library as Martin Hayes, a county local studies librarian, looks at Bognor’s role in the home front on Wednesday (October 15).

His talk – Great War West Sussex 1914-18: The Home Front, Civilians at War – is part of a series of events taking place to mark the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

Martin said: “I’ll be remembering the contribution local people made to the war efforts, for example, a massive aircraft factory at Middleton-on-Sea employed around 800 people and produced 250 military aircraft – mainly flying boats –during the Great War.

“The original model tank, copies of which were displayed in towns all over Britain to encourage war savings, was designed by Mr OA Bridges of Bognor.”

Martin will also be looking at rationing in the town, as well as munitions production, agriculture and food as well as the long-term effect of the war, especially on those who returned from the battlefields. Other stories will also be shared.

The talk will start at 7pm in the library in London Road and tickets cost £3 each.

The event is the latest in a series of events taking place at libraries across West Sussex.

Tickets are available from the library by telephoning 01243 382470.