Title: Told in the Huts – The Y.M.C.A. Gift Book
Author: Yapp, Arthur K
Condition: Very Good – Shelf wear and worn corners. Previous owners label attached tot he inside of the front cover.
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1916
Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket – 236 pages
Comments: While much has been said of the men who donned khaki or navy blues, not as much has been said of those who volunteered in a different way. The YMCA was one of a number of organisations which played a major role in the support of the troops both at home and in the field.
Within weeks of the outbreak of the war, they had set up hundreds of recreation centres — which became known as ‘huts’ — providing tea, sandwiches and reading materials, usually around train stations and transit junctions.
In late 1914 huts where set up in France around the main army bases there and by the end of 1915 there were hundreds more established throughout the area of operations some very close to the front lines.
YMCA workers were mainly women, the men usually having been too old for military service or declared medically unfit. It has been estimated that at any one time, 1,500 YMCA workers were in France and Flanders alone.