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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Private William Collins was a medical orderly attached to 7th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. They left Aldershot on Saturday 15 August to begin their journey over to France
August 1914 saw James McCudden performing ground-crew duties with No 3 Squadron during the early phases of the war
Lieutenant General Haig was commander of the 1st and 2nd Divisions of the British Army which, in early August 1914, headed to France to face the advancing Germans
There was a tense atmosphere in the air at the start of August 1914. The war had already begun on mainland Europe when, on 2 August, Germany demanded that Belgium open her frontiers to allow it...
In July 1914, war suddenly became a topic of conversation for 27-year-old Elizabeth ‘Dolly’ Shepherd – a recently retired professional parachutist.
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