Life goes on as normal in the small rural Warwickshire village of Avon Dassett. But the life of the community is about to change for ever.
William Winthorpe Watts from Avon Dassett enlisted in January 1915 at the age of 23.
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This project will explore the life of the small rural community of Avon Dassett during a year of crisis, August 1914 to August 1915.
Follow events by subscribing to our blog. How does war affect the daily life of Avon Dassett? What happens to the men who enlist for active service? Listen to the popular music of the day and follow the course of the war via our regular newsflashes.
Please add your comments and the experience of your own families during World War I.
Three years before war broke out, the decennial census was held in 1911. This gives an indication of the character of the village at the outbreak of war. The population in 1911 was 202 (roughly the same size as today). The main employment for women was domestic service and for men, agricultural or farm work, as it had been for the last century. Follow the blog to find out the impact of the war on the daily life of the village.