Tag Archives: Passchendaele

‘My toast – to the day of peace’ – remembering William Arthur Donald Kirk

  In a letter to his sister Agnes in May 1917, Private William Arthur Donald Kirk of the Royal Fusiliers wrote: “I am optimistic enough to believe I shall see [home] again. So I will say ‘au revoir’. My toast … Continue reading

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Remembering Cecil Kinross: An Unconventional Hero

By October 1917, the Third Battle of Ypres had been raging for more than 2 months. The next target was the village of Passchendaele – which became the informal title given to the whole campaign. An ill-prepared attack in pouring rain was … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Supporters, Members and Friends! Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to Lives of the First World War over the past year, and for helping us to remember the toil and sacrifice … 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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Letters to Loved Ones

During the First World War, letter writing was the main form of communication between loved ones, helping to ease the pain of separation. In the days running up to Valentine’s Day we will share love letters and Life Stories on … Continue reading

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