An Imperial Obligation: Industrial Villages for Partially Disabled Soldier and Sailors with the sequel Afforestation & the Partially Disabled: a sequel to An imperial obligation; industrial villages for partially disabled soldiers, sailors, and flying men. Concrete Examples Number One
London, Grant Richards Ltd 1917
Volume I [ stand alone title] comprises xxii, 124,  p. incl. col. front., illus., pl., plans, diagrams. Blue decorated cloth with contrasting white cloth backstrip. The sequel Volume II comprises xii, 46,  p. ill., plates. Includes errata slip. Wrappers. The sequel has a stamp from Keele University Library (withdrawn). The outcome of publication of the first volume was the construction of Westfield War Memorial Village, built on the land of local land owner Henry Storey, near Lancaster. it comprised houses, workshops and facilities built around a village green. It was to be the first of a series of villages for those returning injured from World War I but the idea, whilst well supported was not financially supported. In the second book, his second proposed village, Meathop, is described. This was to be established near Grange over Sands. The belief was that that an afforestation scheme, away from the bustle of the commercial world, would be ideal for men suffering from shell shock and other 'nervous diseases'. The scheme was to be constructed at a former Red Cross facility for men with respiratory problems. It did not progress but did raise a considerable amount of debate about the issue of accommodating those returning from the war. It seems that the 46pp book written was a very short run publication and is hard to find. The two northern schemes can be likened to others including Papworth Village in Cambridgeshire, Barrowmore in Cheshire and Enham in Hampshire which similarly aimed to assist in rehabilitation for the wounded and providing them with a sustainable environment for the future.