Published on July 28th, 2014 | by admin0
First World War Centenary
Today marks exactly 100 years to the day since the outbreak of World War One as the Austro-Hungarians launched the first offensive of the conflict to invade Serbia.
It is fitting that a series of national and local events over the coming days will mark the start of The Great War which was to change the lives of millions of people as hostilities continued until 11th November 1918.
World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in history as more than 16 million brave men and women lost their lives as a direct result of the hostilities with a further 20 million wounded.
The Lives of the First World War project co-ordinated by the Imperial War Museum aims to uncover the stories of many of the brave individuals who fought for their country including Private William Cecil Tickle of the Essex Regiment. We learn that Private Tickle was tragically killed just a few days before his 18th birthday.
Private Tickle features in a presentation pack commemorating the first year of the Great War which is available as of today from the Post Office Shop. This presentation pack recalling events of 1914 also includes artwork of a poppy produced by leading botanical artist Fiona Strickland, lines from the ‘For the Fallen’ poem by Lawrence Binyon and distinctive war art by CRW Nevinson titled ‘A Star Shell’.
Also included in this set of special stamps to commemorate the Great War are a bronze memorial titled ‘The Response’ by Sir William Goscombe John and an illustration of the Princess Mary Gift Box which was presented to soldiers serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914.
The first in a series of five commemorative coins marking World War One is also available from the Post Office Shop. The £2 brilliant uncirculated coin features the stirring image ‘Your country needs you!’ which saw men respond in their thousands to boost the war effort.
It is widely acknowledged that the First World War changed the course of world history in several ways and affected the lives of millions of people across the globe.