What amazing discoveries have you made this week?

Image © IWM (Q 33720)

Image © IWM (Q 33720)

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 date.

Since Lives of the First World War launched back in May, we’ve already had many of you tell us about the incredible discoveries you’ve made using the site. Here are some of the recent discoveries you’ve shared with us:

‘I have managed to find several of the people mentioned in my grandfathers diary & several more from one of his photos that I have, I hope to find out a little about as many as I can.’ – Martin

‘Have discovered my cousin 2x removed sydney charles parson died 21/7/16 in france & is buried in thiepval memorial’ – Toni

‘Remembering my grandfather, Jack Buckland, who, one hundred years ago today, on 2 October 1914, left his apprenticeship with the Great Western Railway in Swindon and enlisted in the Royal Engineers’ – Bryan

Gunner Leonard Hawkins

A photo of Gunner Leonard Hawkins in uniform in camp. Image  © IWM /  Kate Hawkins

Gunner Leonard Hawkins. Image © IWM / Kate Hawkins

One of our members, Kate, used recently digitised prisoner of war records to find out the service number of her grandfather, Gunner Leonard Hawkins (pictured). She was able to then use this to find his Life Story page and remember him on Lives of the First World War, connecting photos, facts and sources to his page to uncover more about his life.

From the records, we can see that Leonard served in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War. Kate connected records to his life story page which showed that he was captured in March 1918 and was held as a prisoner of war by the Germans.

What’s your amazing discovery you’ve made on Lives of the First World War? Share them with us every Friday on Facebook from 12pm.

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