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The Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest award for gallantry. Of the 628 awarded to British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen during the Great War, 18 were won by men of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. The very first gunner VC of the … Continue reading
In this guest blog post, Paul Bourton shares the latest instalment of his series revealing stories through the pre-war photograph pictured above. In this post, Paul details the Battle of Mons and its impact on 27 Brigade Royal Field Artillery (RFA). … Continue reading
On 23 April 1918 British forces attacked Zeebrugge and Ostend, the two German-held ports which provided them with crucial access to the sea from the inland docks at Bruges. Once through the Channel and out into the Atlantic German vessels could prove deadly … Continue reading
Happy New Year to all our Supporters, Members and Friends! Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to Lives of the First World War in 2017, and for helping us to remember the toil and sacrifice of men and women from … Continue reading
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
31 July 2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele, began. The fighting continued until 10 November 1917 and although Field Marshal Douglas Haig claimed the offensive to be a success, Passchendaele has … Continue reading
Happy New Year to all our all our Supporters, Members and Friends! 2014 was a very successful year for Lives of the First World War, with more than 59,000 Members contributing amazing facts, images and stories to the 6.9 million … Continue reading
Was your ancestor awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War, or are you researching the life story of a VC winner? IWM’s Charlotte Czyzyk talks us through some of her top tips for researching VC recipients. On 29 … Continue reading