Published on June 9th, 2014 | by admin

Uncovering Lives of The First World War

With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 fast approaching, we have been interested to note the recent launch of an online archive which is encouraging the general public to help piece together the lives of millions of brave service men and women who defended their country when war broke out on 28th July 1914.

Co-ordinated by the Imperial War Museum, The Lives of the First World War project is an online portal which builds together a permanent digital memorial for those who served in uniform and worked on the home front from Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War.

Amongst the soldiers we’ve noted on The Lives of the First World War website is Private William Cecil Tickle from the Essex Regiment who was tragically killed on duty just three days before his 18th birthday. Described by his mother in a handwritten note as ‘one of the very best’, Private Tickle is featured in a set of special stamps which will be available from the Post Office Shop on 28th July to commemorate the Great War.

The Great War 1914 Private Tickle stamp

A coin marking the outbreak of World War One also captures one of the most significant events in British history which saw Lord Kitchener mastermind a recruitment campaign to create a formidable volunteer army using the stirring design ‘Your Country Needs You!’

It is hoped that by 2018, The Lives of the First World War project could contain information about more than eight million men and women using resources such as documents, diaries, letters and photographs held by relatives as well as the archives of information which are thought to be stored in museums and libraries the length and breadth of the country.

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