WITH the outbreak of war in August 1914 life in Leicester was to change irrevocably. The huge demands to provide men to fight on the Western Front, combined with the need for an increased industrial output, led to great conflicts of interest. An energetic anti-war campaign mounted by one of the Borough's two Members of Parliament, Ramsay MacDonald, led to serious criticism, both during and after the war, of Leicester's commitment to the war effort. It tells the story of food and fuel shortages, the raising and training of local units to send to the Front, of the town being cut off in violent snow storms along with a myriad of other happenings during the greatest social upheaval of the 20th century. This fascinating story takes the reader on a unique journey beginning in 1914 with the initial call to arms for the men of Leicester to join the Colours, through to the pageantry of the town being granted city status in 1919.