Our First World War

In a new series, Peter Hart tells the story of the First World War via interviews, letters and diary entries left to us by those who lived through it. Here he introduces a group of people whose worlds would soon be turned upside down by the war. He will be following their experiences of the conflict – along with a number of others – as the First World War centenary progresses, with updates each month. You will be able to read the very latest episodes in this series (before they appear on the site) in BBC History Magazine

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Born in 1894, John Palmer joined the army as a regular in 1910 and, by February 1915, was serving as a signaller with the Royal Field Artillery.
Joe was born on 8 October 1896 and grew up in a mining community at Burnopfield in County Durham. After working as a pony driver and putter down the mine, in October 1914 he had enlisted into the...
Thomas was born the son of an archdeacon in Geraldton, Australia in 1894. He worked as a law clerk in Albany, Western Australia until war broke out. As soon as he could, he joined the Australian...
James McCudden was born in 1895, and joined the Royal Flying Corps as an air mechanic in 1913. He arrived in France in August, and was soon performing ground-crew duties with No 3 Squadron.
In December 1914, Haig had been promoted to command the 1st Army of the expanding BEF.
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