The First World War, or the Great War as it was then known, was called the war to end all wars. Looking back on the 20th Century and indeed over the past 13 years, it is clear this was something of an overstatement. Nevertheless, the loss of life, especially in Europe, beggars belief to this day. You can read a bit about one of its greatest horrors, the Battle of the Somme, here
. There is now no direct link with that war; all the veterans are gone, including Henry Allingham and Harry Patch
As might be expected, there will be numerous official worldwide events held in recognition of that terrible tragedy, including in the UK. The Imperial War Museum
will be at the heart of these events and happenings; among other things it will be partnering Lives Of The First World War
, an interactive project in which anyone can participate.
The dedicated website
includes a short introductory video, but the bottom line is if you can dig out photographs from that long forgotten family album, or other old documents, they could become part of the permanent digital memorial.
Check out too the 1914 website
, which includes complementary material that will become familiar to us all over the next four years.