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‘From Little Towns in a Far Land’

Julian Cornelius Brook was an aspiring young lawyer from the North Island of New Zealand, but now lies buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery, on the Somme battlefields of France. He is one of more than 18,000 New Zealanders killed in the … Continue reading

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Every Plaque Tells a Story

Pause as you view the Lochnagar Crater from the wooden walkway. Beneath your feet, you’ll find many small plaques bearing names. Each name was a husband, son, brother, father or uncle, or – in rare cases – a daughter, mother, wife, … Continue reading

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Chairs that Stand Empty: The men behind the names on the Hulme Hall First World War Memorial

Hulme Hall is a Hall of Residence for students at The University of Manchester. Founded in 1870, the Hall has changed constantly over the past 148 years to meet the changing landscape of university life. Over 250 current and former students … Continue reading

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Stories from The Somme: A Visual History

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016, IWM published The Somme: A Visual History, a new book which tells the story of the famous battle.  In this guest blog by author … 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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“To my Daughter Betty, The Gift of God” – Father’s Day Remembrance

This Father’s Day we pay tribute to the millions of men whose lives were changed forever by the First World War, and especially those who never returned home to their families. In this blog post by Lives of the First … Continue reading

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“My three kids” – a poignant story for Father’s Day

This Father’s Day we pay tribute to the millions of men whose lives were changed forever by the First World War, and especially those who never returned home to their families. This is the moving story of Robert Smylie.   … Continue reading

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“Dear Son, how I long for you” – a mother’s tribute from the First World War

This Mother’s Day we pay tribute to the millions of women whose lives were changed forever by the First World War, and especially those whose sons and daughters never returned. There is the remarkable story of Sarah Hanscombe, whose nine serving … Continue reading

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Letters of the First World War: “Cheer up old chap”

In 1917 Rifleman Albert Rudge, invalided out of the army, received a letter from his comrade, Jim, who was also in hospital. Albert Rudge had been serving with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps since his enlistment in April 1915. In … Continue reading

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