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Wilfred Owen – The truth of war

    11 November 1918; a day of jubilation for many, but a day of heartbreak for others. The mother of Wilfred Owen, one of the most prominent First World War poets, was not informed of his death until Armistice … Continue reading

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The last flight of the Red Baron

On 21st April 1918, Baron Manfred von Richhofen – known as the Red Baron due to the garish colour of his aircraft – was shot down and killed. He is credited with 80 ‘kills’ (shooting down 80 planes) during the First World War – … 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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Cricket and the First World War

From 1914 many countries cancelled first-class cricket matches for the duration of the war, and hundreds of players instead enlisted in the armed forces. Here are the stories of English batsman Joseph William Henry Makepeace and Australian player Jack Morrison … Continue reading

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Post Office employees in the First World War

  During the First World War, 75,000 Post Office employees served in the British Army. 8,500 lost their lives. Following the launch of the first set of Post Office commemorative stamps on the 28 July, Robert Stebbings shares more about the Post … Continue reading

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The Great War: The People’s Story

Did you catch the ITV series The Great War: The People’s Story? Find out more about some of the life stories that featured in the documentary. Alan Lloyd Alan was born in Birmingham in 1889. His parents were John and … Continue reading

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Who I’m Remembering: Lucy Donoghue

On 4 August 2014 Prince Harry lead a moving tribute to those who served on the home and fighting fronts during the First World War, held in St Symphorien  military cemetery. During the Ceremony he read out a moving letter … Continue reading

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First World War Footballers: Joseph Dines

This post looks at the life of Joseph Dines, who played for England in the 1912 Summer Olympics and served in the Machine Gun Corps and King’s Liverpool Regiment during the First World War. air max 95 cheap Joseph Dines, soldier … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Goodbye for the present”

A few days after he arrived back in France, 17-year-old Stephen Brown seemed to recover a little positivity, at least in his postcards to his mother. But tragedy was looming. His last postcards home had been a desperate attempt to … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Terrible goings on”

Rifleman Stephen Brown, 17, wrote a fourth letter to his mother from his barracks in Sheerness, as he waited to be deployed to the front in the autumn of 1914. In this letter, Stephen talks of receiving the cigarettes his … Continue reading

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