Author Archives: cczyzyk

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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National Poetry Day – the story behind a poem

    Thursday 6 October is National Poetry Day, which encourages everyone to enjoy, discover and share poetry – this year’s theme is Messages: say it with a poem. Lives of the First World War member Michael Glover recently contacted … Continue reading

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Stories from The Somme: A Visual History

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016, IWM published The Somme: A Visual History, a new book which tells the story of the famous battle.  In this guest blog by author … Continue reading

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Volunteering for Lives of the First World War

With over 100,000 members and more than 7.6 million Life Stories, Lives of the First World War continues to thrive during the centenary period. To support the IWM team, a group of 16 dedicated Volunteers offer both their time and expertise to help shape … Continue reading

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‘We’re here because we’re here’ – the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

1 July 2016 saw many ceremonies and events to mark the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. One of the most striking was the unexpected appearance of thousands of actors dressed as British soldiers, in … Continue reading

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The stories behind the stamps

The Royal Mail has released the third set in a five part landmark series, with six stamps designed to mark the events of 1916. In this blog post, we explore the Lives of the First World War stories behind some of these … Continue reading

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“To my Daughter Betty, The Gift of God” – Father’s Day Remembrance

This Father’s Day we pay tribute to the millions of men whose lives were changed forever by the First World War, and especially those who never returned home to their families. In this blog post by Lives of the First … Continue reading

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Our Research: the Men in Kent who said No to War

  To mark International Conscientious Objector Day on 15 May, we are highlighting the wonderful research carried out at the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone. Archive documents held at the Centre include a collection of case files for 153 Conscientious Objectors … Continue reading

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My research: The Mystery Medals

At the heart of Lives of the First World War are the Life Stories of more than 7.6 million individuals. They were part of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today. But how can we find out … Continue reading

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Our Research: Portsdown U3A

Lives of the First World War enables people of all ages from across the globe to explore, research, record and share information in one place. Organisations ranging from to schools to libraries, and local history groups to museums are using Lives … Continue reading

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