Tag Archives: Lives of the First World War

National Poetry Day – the story behind a poem

    Thursday 6 October is National Poetry Day, which encourages everyone to enjoy, discover and share poetry – this year’s theme is Messages: say it with a poem. Lives of the First World War member Michael Glover recently contacted … Continue reading

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Volunteering for Lives of the First World War

With over 100,000 members and more than 7.6 million Life Stories, Lives of the First World War continues to thrive during the centenary period. To support the IWM team, a group of 16 dedicated Volunteers offer both their time and expertise to help shape … 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 7.6 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

Every Friday from 12pm we’re asking you to share the incredible discoveries you’ve made using Lives of the First World War on our Facebook page. In this guest blog post, novelist and Lives of the First World War Volunteer Kristen … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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, … Continue reading

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New records – Royal Naval Officers

There are 18,000 new records for Royal Navy Officers now available on Lives of the First World War. This rich record set provides details about various aspects of an individual’s military life, from the ships that they served in to training … 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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What amazing discoveries have you made this week?

Every Friday from 12pm we’ve been asking you to share the incredible discoveries you’ve made using Lives of the First World War on our Facebook page. Here are just a few of the incredible discoveries you’ve shared with us to … Continue reading

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Once lost, now found – four soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Last weekend, the Department of National Defence in Canada released the names of four First World War soldiers whose remains were discovered in 2006 by a French teenager, while digging in his back garden. Our very own Charlotte Czyzyk explains … Continue reading

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