New book series reflects on Hayfield’s war years

George Cogswell pictured with his book at the launch
George Cogswell pictured with his book at the launch

The first in a trilogy of books exploring the lives of Hayfield residents who fought and died during the first and second world wars has been published.

George Cogswell’s ‘Hayfield at War - Part One’, covering the period from 1914 to 1916, was launched during the recent celebrations in Hayfield to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The second part, due to be published in November, covers the period from January 1917 to 1926 when the village war memorial was unveiled, and the final part of the trilogy, which is still being compiled, focuses on the Second World War.

George said: “The books are a tribute to the men, women and one child of the district who were killed in these two conflicts who had some connection to the village.

“They follow years of extensive research with full obituaries of those killed being interspersed with newsworthy details of national, international and local events.”

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