Coming up in 2018

Happy New Year to all our Supporters, Members and Friends! Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to Lives of the First World War in 2017, and for helping us to remember the toil and sacrifice of men and women from across the British Empire and Commonwealth.

We need your help this year to build the permanent digital memorial even further, so please continue to share your stories and images with us. Amongst others, we will be marking 100 years since key moments and events of 1918, which include the following:


January – March

A Ministry of Food ration book dating from 1918, including an advertisement for the Imperial War Museum on the reverse of some of the coupons. IWM Documents.8012


April – June

Air Mechanics of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) working on the fuselage of an Avro 504 aircraft. IWM Q 27255


July – September

The Doiran Front Seen from Sal Grec de Popovo, by William T Wood. Art.IWM ART 2244


October – December

  • Armistice
  • Surrender of the German High Fleet
  • Allied troops enter Germany

The Armistice 1918: Crowds waving and smiling around the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace in London. IWM Q 47894


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10 Responses to Coming up in 2018

  1. Chris Lea says:

    On 12th November 1918 my Grandfather Pte Harold William Lea of the Worcesters was released from a German POW camp where he had been taken after being wounded earlier in the year. He was released on his 21st birthday.

  2. Neill Malcolm says:

    I discovered quite a number of letters from my maternal grandfather who served with the 2nd. Bn. West Kent Regiment written from the front line in Mesopotamia in 1915. I made copies of these and sent them to the Imperial War Museum and to the Regimental Depot. This was about five years ago. Recently I have come across more letters from the front in 1915 and some dated 1917 when he was in Poona. These I have transcribed and shall be submitting to the IWM before .too much longer. It is my intention to take them upo on their offer to archive the originals when I next get to London.
    My grandfather was Lt.Col. Charles Edward Kitson who died in 1929.

  3. Mark Cooper says:

    Passchendaele , the Third Battle of Ypres was an extraordinary development in the first World War, a key decision to defend Ypres at all cost. My grandfather Bertie Henry Crick, Cpl killed in action on 17th July 1917, was in the forward observation unit, and is buried in St Jan
    La Brique No2 Military Cemetery , near the city. The section was once described as one of the
    worst in Ypres, with shell fire and sniper fire accounting for many casualties including those
    in the forward unit Bertie was commanding.
    He left a widow, Edith and a child , my mother Dorothy. His medals have been lost but it is
    hope will be found and returned to the family. Let’s hope so, soon.

  4. Gina Phillips says:

    My grandfather, Second Lieutenant James Palmer Lock, 63rd Bty. Royal Field Artillery, was killed on 2 February 1918 aged 32 in Estaires, France, leaving my grandmother widowed with two little girls.

    I believe his brother-in-law, Albert Richter, was a pilot in the RAF.

  5. Gina Phillips says:

    My Great Uncle, Albert Hermann Richter, was a Second Lieutenant Flight Officer in the Royal Air Force 1914-1920.

  6. M Cooper says:

    Women got the vote 1918, however , in 1918 only women over the age of 30, and were householders, got the in 1918. Women over 21 did not get the vote till 1928!!!!

    The war did not bring equality to women. There were only 6 million women over 30 who
    got the vote.

    Men got it in 1918 who were over 21. Lets get that clear please.

  7. liz Hewitt says:

    My father was one of the first 100 pilots to train at the Canterbury Aviation school, he was born in 1897 and did not marry til 1943. The book on his life I am writing must be told and is taken from an extensive photographic record, uni studies by me and a sister and our brothers story of Dad’s air training to war in Egypt., plus many of Dad’s own stories as told by family.

  8. Michael Winter says:

    I think you should also remember the Flu Pandemic of 1918. It was brought home to England by returning soldiers who had been suffering flu like systems they called “La Grippe”. It spread quickly and killed my Grandmother. She had lost her husband in 1917 at the battle of Ypres and was left with two children to bring. My Grandfather was head gardener at Uppark house, South Harting in West Sussex and when he left for France my. My father became a horticultGrandmother took over his duties. My father and his brother were left orphans and taken in by their Grandmother. They both attended the Blue Coat school in Chichester. My father became a horticulturalist and his brother a engineer in the aero industry.

  9. Doreen Taylor says:

    I think the work you all do to keep these memories alive is amazing. I discovered an Uncle who died in WW1 THAT I didn’t know I had. It was a very sad story but I am pleased that I found out all about him and I could pass on all the information to my family

  10. William Wallace says:

    It is my hope that during the commemoration of the German Spring Offensive in March/April, the Australian Corps is recognised as a separate part of the Allied Forces and not just called “British”. There is ample evidence that only the arrival of the Australian 3rd an 4th Divisions on 26 March 1918, who took up positions along the River Andre between Gorbie and Hebuterne, provided the first determined resistance to the German Offensive. The defence of Villers Bretenneux by the Australian 9th Brigade in the first battle 30 March – 4 April 1918, and the recapture of Villers Bretenneux by the counter attack conducted by the Australian 13th and 15th Brigades on the night 24/25 April 1918 are eipic tales. The diary records that on the morning of 26th April 1918, the Australian Corps was holding the entire front of the 4th Army. Please recognise that by the spring of 1918 these forces were “Australian” and not “British”. In the words of General Congreve, Commander VII Corps uttered on 26 March 1918, “Thank Heavens – the Australians at last.”

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