Category Archives: Life Stories

‘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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“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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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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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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Looking ahead to 2016

Happy New Year to all our Supporters, Members and Friends! We need your help in 2016 to continue to remember the toil and sacrifice of men and women from across the British Empire and Commonwealth during the First World War. … Continue reading

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Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

The UK will hold overnight public vigils across the country to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced today. The national vigil will be held at Westminster Abbey on 30 June 2016 and there … Continue reading

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Remember their lives after the First World War

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are a time to reflect on the ways in which people’s lives have been shaped by war. As well as paying tribute to those who died, Lives of the First World War  remembers those who survived their … Continue reading

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