3 life stories from the BBC World War One at Home mosaic

Close up of the BBC WW1 At Home Mosaic.

The BBC World War One At Home Mosaic uses over 800 photo from IWM collections.

The BBC World War One At Home mosaic, which launched today, includes 800 First World War portrait photos from IWM collections. We take a closer look at three of the incredible life stories behind those photos.

Capt Frederick Naylor

Capt Frederick NaylorFrom the records found on Lives of the First World War we can see that Frederick was born in Australia in 1878. He served with Australian forces during the South African War in 1900 and 1901.

Frederick worked as a plantation manager before joining the Australian Imperial Force on 16 April 1915. He left for overseas service a month later, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 26 August 1915. Frederick transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps in February 1916 and attained the rank of Captain. He was also mentioned in Despatches for gallantry. Frederick was killed in action near Gaza in the Middle East, on 19 April 1917.

Frederick is one of 3,300 First World War servicemen to be commemorated on the Jerusalem War Memorial in Israel to those who have no known grave.

Marion Dorothy Chapman

Marion Dorothy ChapmanMarion was born to a large family in South Shields, Durham, in 1890, where she was raised with her with seven brothers and three sisters.

She served as a nurse with the Voluntary Aid Detachment during the First World War, arriving in Egypt in October 1917 and working at 17th General Hospital. Like many nurses who worked long hours treating the sick, Marion herself fell ill and died from pneumonia on 10 August 1918. She was 27 years old. Marion is buried in Alexandria War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

Marion’s mother Dora chose the inscription on her grave of ‘They are in Peace’. The family also donated Marion’s portrait photograph to IWM Collections in her memory.

Stoker First Class William Alexander Beal

William Alexander BealFrom the records found on Lives of the First World War we can see that William was born in Peterborough on 9 February 1892. He joined the Royal Navy on 14 September 1910 in Portsmouth.

William served on board eight different ships between 1910 and 1914, and in that time was promoted from Second Class to First Class Stoker. On 18 October 1914 William was killed after the submarine that he was serving on, E3, was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U27. William’s body was not recovered and so he has no known grave. William was 21 years old.

William is one of around 10,000 sailors of the First World War to be commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Join IWM and the Lives of the First World War in actively remembering those who served in the First World War on the home and fighting fronts this Remembrance. Who will you remember?

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