Looking ahead to 2015

Happy New Year to all our all our Supporters, Members and Friends!

2014 was a very successful year for Lives of the First World War, with more than 59,000 Members contributing amazing facts, images and stories to the 6.9 million Life Stories already added to the site. Together we marked key centenary anniversaries, from the outbreak of war in August to the Christmas Truce in December.

We need your help in 2015 to continue to remember the toil and sacrifice of men and women from across the British Empire and Commonwealth during the First World War. In particular, we will be marking 100 years since key moments and events of 1915, which include the following:

 

  • January: Action of the Dogger Bank. An encounter between British and German battlecruisers in the North Sea. Remember Stoker George Stephen Liddy who took part in this action
The Dogger Bank Battle,  24 January 1915 © IWM Q 48413

The Dogger Bank Battle, 24 January 1915 © IWM Q 48413

 

  • February 1915 – January 1916: Gallipoli campaign. Throughout February and March the British and French navies bombarded coastal forts and artillery positions along the Dardanelles Straits. In April British, French, Australian and New Zealand troops landed on and around the Gallipoli peninsula in support of the naval attack on the Dardanelles. Fighting continued until January 1916. Browse the Life Stories in Anne Hudson’s Community, Lost at Gallipoli
Wounded soldiers head for the Austrlian 3rd Battalion dressing station in Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli. © IWM Q 114177

Wounded soldiers head for the Australian 3rd Battalion dressing station in Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli © IWM Q 114177

 

  • March: Battle of Neuve Chapelle. British and Indian troops undertook their first offensive in France with limited success. Rifleman Gobar Sing Negi won the Victoria Cross during this battle.
Diagram of Military Operations at Neuve Chapelle, March 1915 © IWM Q 36332

Diagram of Military Operations at Neuve Chapelle, March 1915 © IWM Q 36332

 

  • April – May: Second Battle of Ypres. German forces launched a major assault on French, British and Canadian troops around Ypres and used poison gas extensively for the first time. Sister Edith Appleton was part of the medical team that treated gas casualties.
British casualties of a gas attack near Ypres receiving treatment  © IWM Q 114867

British casualties of a gas attack near Ypres receiving treatment © IWM Q 114867

 

  • May – June: Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert. To support French operations in Artois, British troops attacked in French Flanders but achieved no real gains. Browse the Life Stories in the Preston Remembers Community of 4 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who sustained heavy casualties at Festubert.
Troops of B Company, 1 Battalion, Cameronians in a trench in Bois-Grenier sector, Festubert © IWM Q 51648

Troops of B Company, 1 Battalion, Cameronians in a trench in Bois-Grenier sector, Festubert © IWM Q 51648

 

  • September: Battle of Loos – A co-ordinated Allied offensive in France, with French attacks in the Second Battle of Champagne and Third Battle of Artois, and British attacks at the Battle of Loos. Michelle Davis and Edward Hutchings are Remembering Loos veteran Edward Walter Glendinning
British troops advance to the attack through a cloud of poison gas as viewed from the trench which they have just left © IWM HU 63277B

The Battle of Loos – British troops advance to the attack through a cloud of poison gas as viewed from the trench which they have just left © IWM HU 63277B

 

Throughout 2015, we will mark these and many other important anniversaries.

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