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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In December 1914, Douglas Haig was promoted to command the 1st Army of the expanding BEF.
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...
George was born in 1897, the son of a regular soldier. He joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman in 1912 and carried out his sea-going training aboard HMS Crescent.
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 in November was performing ground-crew duties with No 3 Squadron.
Lieutenant General Haig was commander of the 1st and 2nd Divisions of the British Army, which fought on the western front throughout the war. By mid-November his I Corps had already suffered huge...
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