Project Highlights
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Below are some of the fascinating stories from the project interviews, together with photographs. More are available at the project blog page at http://childrenofthegreatwar.wordpress.com/.

Full transcripts of all of the project interviews. together with hundreds of photographs, are being made available on the Europeana 1914-18 database. See the Archive page for more details.

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“He appeared to be sent on Officer Training at the notorious Royal Flying Corps, where apparently life expectancy at the time was about 3 weeks…”

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“I have heard stories that some of the soldiers injured themselves to get out...”

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“They both died within two days of each other…Aged 23 and 21…”

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“Everyone dived for cover…there were some casualties including the cook, whose head had been blown off and which was now floating in the Dixie of tea.”

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“Here we have Kitchener ‘your army needs you’’, there it was the Jewish German people were to fight for the Kaiser…”

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“He’s got how to do things with guns – remove this, do that… bearing in mind he was only 16”

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“A lot of his friends were killed and he felt bad. It was comradeship and you looked after your mates…”

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“Whenever the English wives wanted to shop, they wouldn’t serve them, so mother used to do it for them...”

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“Three men finding it difficult to come to terms with what they had faced and unable to express themselves even to those closest to them”

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“We said “you must write this down”, but we knew he never would…”

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“His pocket-watch is slow now, but it’s still working…”

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“Even though he had his foot amputated he still stood and walked like a soldier...”

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“When he went to War he was a widower, albeit a very young one….”  

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“I often wondered about what my grandfather felt when he saw his own son going off to repeat it…”

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“I’m fascinated by that contact with great events so long ago….”

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