Category Archives: News

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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Conscientious Objectors in the First World War

To mark International Conscientious Objector Day on 15 May, the Pearce Register has been added as a free record set on Lives of the First World War. The Pearce Register of British World War One Conscientious Objectors includes over 16,500 records of men … Continue reading

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New Life Stories – Merchant Navy

We recently added 157,000 Merchant Navy records to Lives of the First World War. In wartime, Britain depended on civilian cargo ships to import food and raw materials, as well as transport soldiers overseas, and keep them supplied. The title … Continue reading

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New records – Royal Naval Officers

There are 18,000 new records for Royal Navy Officers now available on Lives of the First World War. This rich record set provides details about various aspects of an individual’s military life, from the ships that they served in to training … Continue reading

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3 incredible life stories from the Royal Flying Corps

The First World War marked the dawn of air combat, and aviation was one of the most romanticised elements of the conflict. We take a look at the incredible life stories of three men who served Britain and the Commonwealth … Continue reading

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Royal Flying Corp and RAF Records added to Lives of the First World War

  Yesterday at IWM Duxford we announced records for the Royal Flying Corp (RFC) and Royal Air Force (RAF) have now been added to Lives of the First World War. This November, we need your help to remember those who … Continue reading

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3 life stories from the BBC World War One at Home mosaic

The BBC World War One At Home mosaic, which launched today, includes 800 First World War portrait photos from IWM collections. We take a closer look at three of the incredible life stories behind those photos. Capt Frederick Naylor From … Continue reading

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Remember Private James Ernest Beaney

Today, Friday 7 November, the BBC has unveiled an iconic digital photo First World War mosaic, created in partnership with IWM. In our latest blog post we take a look at the life story behind the main image of Private James Beaney. … Continue reading

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Let’s Remember Together

From 2 – 11 November 2014, join IWM and the Lives of the First World War community in actively remembering those who served on the home and fighting fronts during the First World War. Who will you remember? Your First … Continue reading

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5 steps: Connecting images from The Illustrated First World War

The Illustrated London News’ new website ‘The Illustrated First World War’ launched on the 1 August 2014. In this guest blog post, ILN’s Patrick Wingrove talks you through how to search for incredible images on the site and connect them … Continue reading

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