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Post Office employees in the First World War

  During the First World War, 75,000 Post Office employees served in the British Army. 8,500 lost their lives. Following the launch of the first set of Post Office commemorative stamps on the 28 July, Robert Stebbings shares more about the Post … Continue reading

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Liverpool Life Stories: Alice Blacklock and the Chavasses

Alice Blacklock: nursing in Mesopotamia Nursing Sister Alice Blacklock is one of 20 names on the memorial in Liverpool Cathedral to Liverpool Nurses. She was in her late twenties when the war began, and died in 1916 in Mesopotamia (now Iraq). She is … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: a message from the King

Today on our series showcasing fascinating and moving letters members of the public have added to Lives of the First World War, a letter from Buckingham Palace. Private Thomas Maher joined up with the Manchester Regiment in 1914, as a young … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Cheer up old chap”

In 1917 Rifleman Albert Rudge, invalided out of the army, received a letter from his comrade, Jim, who was also in hospital. Albert Rudge had been serving with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps since his enlistment in April 1915. In … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Goodbye for the present”

A few days after he arrived back in France, 17-year-old Stephen Brown seemed to recover a little positivity, at least in his postcards to his mother. But tragedy was looming. His last postcards home had been a desperate attempt to … Continue reading

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Teddy Trueland: soldier and prisoner of war

Alison Wallace shares the story of Teddy Trueland, taken prisoner during the First World War. I’m remembering Private Henry ‘Teddy’ Trueland on Lives of the First World War. Henry, also known as Harry, was an employee of DC Thomson & Co … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Say I am only seventeen”

In desperation, 17-year-old Stephen Brown dashed off a postcard to his mother in April 1915, begging her to help him prove he was underage so he could leave the horrors of trench warfare behind. If you’ve been following along, you’ll … Continue reading

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Luke Smith: Why I’ll be remembering WD Fishlock

Luke Smith, Digital Lead for IWM’s First World War Centenary Programme, shares how Lives of the First World War came into being, and who he is remembering. Lives of the First World War, the permanent digital memorial, is part of … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Out of hospital”

After four letters sent from English army barracks, in December 1914 17-year-old Stephen Brown finally arrived at the front in France. Settling in with his company of King’s Royal Rifles servicemen, Stephen sent his mother a postcard. Transcript of December … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Terrible goings on”

Rifleman Stephen Brown, 17, wrote a fourth letter to his mother from his barracks in Sheerness, as he waited to be deployed to the front in the autumn of 1914. In this letter, Stephen talks of receiving the cigarettes his … Continue reading

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