Tag Archives: Lives of the First World War

The Forgotten Disaster – The Greatest Explosion in London

On 19 January 1917 at precisely 6:52pm, the horrors of war were abruptly inflicted upon an unsuspecting East London neighbourhood. In a matter of moments, the previously tranquil area was transformed into a mirror of the Western Front, featuring chaotic scenes … Continue reading

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Remembering a local nurse

  On 21 April  1919, Newcastle’s John Ogg replied to a request from the Imperial War Museum for a photograph of his daughter Kate. It was the day before what would have been her 32nd birthday. She had died just … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day – the story behind a poem

    National Poetry Day encourages everyone to enjoy, discover and share poetry. Lives of the First World War member Michael Glover recently contacted us to share the moving story that inspired war poet Wilfred Owen to write his piece … Continue reading

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‘We’re here because we’re here’ – the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

1 July 2016 saw many ceremonies and events to mark the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. One of the most striking was the unexpected appearance of thousands of actors dressed as British soldiers, in … Continue reading

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My research: The Mystery Medals

At the heart of Lives of the First World War are the Life Stories of more than 7.7 million individuals. They were part of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today. But how can we find out … Continue reading

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My Research: The Gladstones of Jersey

  In this guest blog post, novelist and Lives of the First World War Volunteer Kristen den Hartog shares with us the remarkable stories of six women from one family, who contributed to the war effort in various ways.   … Continue reading

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Letters from the First World War: End of 1914

In our previous blog post, we introduced the story of Alfred Dougan Chater, a soldier of the London Regiment who arrived on the Western Front in later October 1914. Here, we pick up his story and share another of his … Continue reading

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Liverpool Life Stories: Alice Blacklock and the Chavasses

Alice Blacklock: nursing in Mesopotamia Nursing Sister Alice Blacklock is one of 20 names on the memorial in Liverpool Cathedral to Liverpool Nurses. She was in her late twenties when the war began, and died in 1916 in Mesopotamia (now Iraq). She is … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: a message from the King

Today on our series showcasing fascinating and moving letters members of the public have added to Lives of the First World War, a letter from Buckingham Palace. Private Thomas Maher joined up with the Manchester Regiment in 1914, as a young … Continue reading

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Teddy Trueland: soldier and prisoner of war

Alison Wallace shares the story of Teddy Trueland, taken prisoner during the First World War. I’m remembering Private Henry ‘Teddy’ Trueland on Lives of the First World War. Henry, also known as Harry, was an employee of DC Thomson & Co … Continue reading

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