Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

An officer carves the Christmas turkey in the Mess of the 26 Divisional Supply Train, Salonika, Christmas Day, 1915. © IWM Q 31571

An officer carves the Christmas turkey in the Mess of the 26 Divisional Supply Train, Salonika, Christmas Day, 1915. © IWM Q 31571

2015 has been another important year for Lives of the First World War.

Together we marked key centenary anniversaries, including the Gallipoli campaign, the Battle of Loos and the death of Edith Cavell. We have welcomed over 30,000 new members, and have added more than 700,000 Life Stories to make the total over 7.6 million. This figure continues to grow now that we’re able to create stories for men and women who are missing from data sets, such as those who served on the home front – please continue to send your suggestions here. We have also introduced member-to-member messaging, are able to merge duplicate stories and created a Teacher’s Hub to encourage schools to use Lives in class.

 

A soldier of the Machine Gun Corps in a sheepskin coat kissing a French farm-girl under a sprig of mistletoe, near Hesdin, 20 December 1917. © IWM Q 8354

A soldier of the Machine Gun Corps in a sheepskin coat kissing a French farm-girl under a sprig of mistletoe, near Hesdin, 20 December 1917. © IWM Q 8354

Lives of the First World War will always be free to contribute to and browse, and from 2019 the memorial will become part of IWM’s archive.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Lives of the First World War in 2015, and please continue to share your stories and images throughout the Centenary period. The team wishes you all a very Merry Christmas, and we look forward to working together in 2016!

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