This book, first published in 1965, gives a thumb-nail sketch of the Working Men’s College during two periods of total war. It describes from contemporary accounts the life in the College itself, and reprints a selection of letters received from College men serving in the armed forces, giving a clear-eyed picture of the lives of men at war.
Table of Contents
Part 1. 1. General Picture – 1914 2. Working Men’s College – 1914 3. Some Important People and a Hero in the College 4. Work Parties and Marks Fellowship 5. On the War – Student Teacher Meetings 6. Founders’ Nights and Other College Occasions 7. Jottings from the Journal 8. Old Students’ Suppers and Teas 1914/18 9. Letters from the Home Front 10. Some Letters from the Royal Navy 11. Letters from the B.E.F., France 12. More Letters from the B.E.F., France 13. Letters from Many Theatres of War – Europe to the Far East 14. The End of an Era Part 2. 15. Introduction 16. Extracts from the Journal in the Early Days of the War 17. The College at War 18. The College and the Second World War 19. War Work Party, 1939 20. The Playing Field During the War 21. Dudley Gill Takes a Look at the College 22. College Personalities 23. ‘No Memorial…’ 24. More Notes from the Journal 25. College Council and Emergency Committee Reports 26. War Emergency Committee Report 27. Old Students’ Club Annual Functions, 1939–45 28. Letters from the Home Front – Civil and Military 29. Letters from the Royal Navy 30. Letters from European Theatres of War 31. Letters from the Middle East and Central Mediterranean Forces 32. Letters from Africa, Canada and Germany 33. ‘Thank You’ Concert and Reception to the Ladies of the Work Party – 1946