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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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...
Edmund was born on 10 January 1894 in Formby, to a fairly well-off family. He went to Merchant Taylors’ School in nearby Crosby, worked as a chemist for Sir Benjamin Johnson’s dyeing and...
George was born in Tontine in 1895, the son of a quarryman. While working as an engine cleaner, he had trained as a special reservist and arrived in France in late 1914.
George was born in Tontine in 1895, the son of a quarryman. While working as an engine cleaner, he had trained as a special reservist and arrived in France in late 1914.
On enlisting, Joe Murray joined the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division. Although part of the navy, the men of the RND would in fact be deployed ashore as soldiers alongside the army. After a...
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