Leicester at War
Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914; the next four years saw conflict unlike anything the world had seen before, characterised by stagnant trench warfare, deadly new weapons and huge losses.
For both local soldiers who went to the battlefront and for those who remained at home, the Great War had a huge impact. The Leicestershire Regiment would expand to nineteen battalions before the end of the conflict, which meant the ‘Tigers’ were represented at critical battles across the world.
As for life in the city, quickly after the outbreak of war local factories were busy supplying the armed forces. Within weeks of leaving, wounded men were returning to the cities hospitals.
For more detailed World War I historical information and resources please visit the Story of Leicester website.
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