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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Royal Fusilier William Holbrook turned 22 in November 1914. He had arrived in France in August and had participated in the battle of Mons
The Women’s Emergency Corps began serious training in the autumn of 1914. Among them was Dolly Shepherd  
In October 1914, Haig was challenged with preventing the advance of the Germans
Royal Fusilier William Holbrook was 21 in September 1914. He had arrived in France the month before and participated in the battle of Mons
Once the BEF got to France in mid-August, they began to advance into Belgium. It was on 23 August that they encountered the massed strength of the German 1st Army at the battle of Mons. Here William...
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