Brighton largely unaffected by the conflict

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a) FIRST WORLD WAR: Although the U.K. entered the Great War on 4 August 1914, the summer season at Brighton continued in full swing and it was not until the first casualties arrived in the town about a month later that the reality of the conflict hit the inhabitants. The Royal Pavilion estate, the Poor Law Institution and several schools were then given over to the military for use as hospitals, and the town was also filled by many Londoners who left the city to avoid possible zeppelin raids. Women played a major part in keeping the town running while the men were at the front, but Brighton was largely unaffected otherwise and the holiday seasons continued relatively normally. On 7 October 1922 Earl Beatty unveiled the Brighton War Memorial in Old Steine. It bears the names of 2,597 men and 3 women of the town who fell in the Great War. {3,115}

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

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  • Certainly the photo is before or after it was placed in front of the Town hall. The background is not the Town Hall, is it Brighton? Perhaps on The Level, looking towards the flint/brick wall?

    By Peter Groves (04/08/2008)
  • I find it very difficult to locate any discussion of reaction in Brighton to the exclusion and later internment of ‘enemy aliens’, many of whom had businesses in the restaurant trade. What happened to these businesses? Where did their families go? How did Brighton react? Were there any demonstrations for/against the policies?

    By John L. Pratschke (19/02/2009)
  • Do you think maybe this is in Dyke Road, opposite the Army Barracks?

    By Carol Homewood (05/09/2010)

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