An introduction to ‘Thankful Villages’

In the First World War every village saw young people leave to serve their country. Over 700,000 Britons died, yet 53 village communities suffered no fatalities.Read more

War memorials of the north: then & now

A mystery postcard collection documents the unveiling of local war memorials, with hundreds of people present. Each memorial represents a different tale of loss in a northern town.Read more

6 Surprising stories told through public memorials

We asked the public to tell us about England’s secret, unknown and forgotten memorials and bring to light the often inspirational and poignant stories they tell.Read more

Forgotten heroes of the First World War

The Labour Corps of the First World War comprised mostly of a multi-ethnic army of workers, without whom the war would have ground to a halt.Read more

7 Unusual War Memorials

The aftermath of the First World War saw a wave of public commemoration, sometimes in the form of quite unusual war memorials.Read more

8 Memorials to Animals in the First World War

The First World War saw the development of industrialised mechanised warfare – machine guns, tanks, and aeroplanes.  In addition to this modern technology, millions of animals were used both in warfare and on the home front. They died in their hundreds of thousands. An estimated six million horses and mules were engaged by the combatants.  They hauled food, equipment, ammunition and other supplies for the troops.  Tens of thousands of horses and camels were used by cavalry units. Messenger pigeonsRead more

5 Memorials that Chart Life and Loss in the First World War

There are few towns or villages in Britain that do not have a public memorial to commemorate those who died in the First World War; a sobering testament to the scale of the loss involved in the conflict. In Britain, around six million men were mobilised, and of those just over 700,000, or 11.5%, were killed. Over half a million men who served in the British army have no known graves. There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. TheyRead more