Category Archives: Life Stories

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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Black History Month

October is celebrated as Black History Month across the UK, which highlights the experiences of people of African, Caribbean, or Asian heritage. In this blog post, we’d like to share the story of Arthur William David Roberts, who served with the … Continue reading

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International Day of Peace: Gallipoli Truce

21 September is the International Day of Peace, which pays tribute to those who strive for peace around the world – even in the midst of conflict. The most famous instance of this in the First World War was the Christmas … Continue reading

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Back to School: Lives of the First World War Teaching Resources

As teachers across the UK prepare for back to school, this is the ideal time to browse the Lives of the First World War Teachers Hub. Now with our ready-to-use resources, schools can pick from individual Life Stories linked directly to … Continue reading

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Cricket and the First World War

One of the highlights of this year’s summer of sport is the Ashes test series between England and Australia. From 1914 many countries cancelled first-class cricket matches for the duration of the war, and hundreds of players instead enlisted in … Continue reading

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Help us to remember every soldier who fought during the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and continued for five months, with over 1 million casualties. With one year until centenary commemorations begin, Lives of the First World War needs your help complete the life stories of … Continue reading

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“My three kids” – a poignant story for Father’s Day

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. This is the moving story of Robert Smylie.   … Continue reading

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ANZAC Wedding – the story behind the photograph

  We recently added the Life Stories of 475,000 men and women who served with Australian and New Zealand Forces in the First World War. Working in collaboration with National Archives of Australia’s website Discovering Anzacs and Auckland War Memorial’s Online Cenotaph, this … Continue reading

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“Dear Son, how I long for you” – a mother’s tribute from the First World War

This Mother’s Day we pay tribute to the millions of women whose lives were changed forever by the First World War, and especially those whose sons and daughters never returned. There is the remarkable story of Sarah Hanscombe, whose nine serving … Continue reading

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Inspirational stories for International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, each day on Lives of the First World War Facebook and Twitter we are highlighting amazing female stories. Here is the poignant story of Canadian nurse, Minnie Follette. Minnie Asenath Follette From the records … Continue reading

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