This is a rare volume in its original printing which sold for the substantial sum, in those days, of 6 guineas. An antiquarian bookseller would charge upwards of £200 for a copy in good condition nowadays, assuming they had a copy of this almost impossible-to-find book in stock. Admirers of the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, the British period drama that depicts the lives of an aristocratic family in the post-Edwardian era and the effects of history on the lives of the British social hierarchy, will enjoy this real period-piece publication. There is much of great value to be found within its pages for the genealogical and social historian.
A truly marvellous book reproduced in facsimile by the Naval & Military Press.
Extract from the Foreword of Honourable Women
“The record of our men in France and Flanders and the East is famous for ever, and though in its glorious, pitiful entirety the tale may never
be told, doubtless each of us has in his heart some sacred fragment of history which shall not be lost in the years to come.
As for the women, surely no more adequate tribute can be given them that they were worthy kinswomen of our soldiers and sailors. High
and low, gentle and simple, with one accord they flung aside all selfish considerations and gave themselves whole heartedly to patriotic service. Thus we find many women of distinction, of gentle birth and cultured tastes, abandoning gladly the ease and amenities
of their sheltered lives to devote days and nights to strenuous, rough and unaccustomed work, in order that our scarred and maimed fighting men home from the battle fronts might be given the care and attention which was their due”.
Honourable Women of the Great War & the Women’s (War) Who’s Who
Also includes rolls of the Royal Red Cross Decoration and those “brought to notice by the Secretary of State for valuable services rendered in connection with the war”.
This substantial volume contains biographies of around 230 women with details of their wartime work (nursing, charitable, etc.) and as such this roll provides a valuable insight into the war work of Society ladies.