The First World War (also known as ‘The Great War’) changed not only the life of nations but in many of them it touched nearly every family, street and town, village and city.

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – Wednesday 05 August 1914

16 million lives were lost, 21 million injured. Just about every living person in Great Britain at the time (and most colonies across the British Empire) was either related to or knew someone conscripted, who volunteered, was injured or who was killed in action.

The war revolutionised medicine, communication, the role of women, aviation, art, literature, architecture, warfare, whole nations and much more.

British prisoner, 1918 (image: © IWM)

British prisoner, 1918
The German attacks against the British lines astride the River Somme in March 1918 resulted in heavy casualties, including large numbers of prisoners. Between 21 March and 5 April, when German attention moved north to Flanders, 70,000 British soldiers were captured, like this man from the Royal Irish Regiment.
(image: © IWM)

Here at Old British News we  are able to voluntarily search and research names and British news articles.  Quite naturally the war was well recorded in the UK media at the time and we offer this unique service to those who would like to read about British relatives or communities affected by the war.

The First ‘media’ war

‘Boys of the Dachshund Breed’ Aberdeen Journal – Thursday 21 October 1915

The First World War was the first conflict of the modern age where detail on such a scale, images and even moving pictures recorded the events for consumption back home.

Many of the stories, as you can imagine, make a dramatic reading. Some display extraordinary feats of heroism, terrifying scenes that are brought to life and of the day-to-day life not only of our service personnel but of civilians who lived through this terrifying conflict.

The photographed faces staring out of contemporary newspapers bring a stark realism as the editorials make cold, honest reading. This was the life our recent ancestors had to lead recorded in incredible detail for posterity and now viewed as part of our old British news.

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