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Remembering John Kendrick Skinner

    31 July 2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, known as  Passchendaele, began. The fighting continued until 10 November 1917 and although Field Marshal Douglas Haig claimed the offensive to be a success, Passchendaele has … Continue reading

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Remembering the first daylight air raid

13 June 1917 marks the centenary of the first daytime air raid on London. On this day, 20 Gotha bombers dropped more than 100 bombs on the capital, killing 162 people. This was the highest death toll from a single … Continue reading

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‘Exceptional courage, determination and skill’: remembering Albert Ball VC

7 May 2017 marks the centenary of the death of Albert Ball, one of Britain’s greatest air aces of the First World War. He shot down 44 German aircraft and received the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order with two bars and the … Continue reading

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Remembering Arras and Vimy Ridge

April 2017 marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of Arras, where British and Commonwealth troops successfully seized German-held ground in northern France – including the famous capture of Vimy Ridge by Canadians. Fighting continued until mid-May, with heavy casualties. In this blog … Continue reading

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100 years of Imperial War Museums

IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 while the First World War was still being fought. The museum was formed not as a monument to military glory, but as a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had … Continue reading

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“The only boy I love” – a poignant story for Valentine’s Day

During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation. The British Army Postal Service delivered around 2 billion letters during the war. In … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Disaster – The Greatest Explosion in London

On 19 January 1917 at precisely 6:52pm, the horrors of war were abruptly inflicted upon an unsuspecting East London neighbourhood. In a matter of moments, the previously tranquil area was transformed into a mirror of the Western Front, featuring chaotic scenes … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Supporters, Members and Friends! Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to Lives of the First World War over the past year, and for helping us to remember the toil and sacrifice … Continue reading

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Remembering the Barnbow Lasses

On 5 December 1916, an explosion at Barnbow Shell Factory in Leeds killed 35 female workers and injured many more. Today, the site of the factory is protected as a scheduled monument by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, but … Continue reading

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Remembering a local nurse

  On 21 April  1919, Newcastle’s John Ogg replied to a request from the Imperial War Museum for a photograph of his daughter Kate. It was the day before what would have been her 32nd birthday. She had died just … Continue reading

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