The Great War Centenary: 100 years on from conflict



This year, the First World War – known to many people since it was being fought as the Great War, a reflection of its scale – has been thrown once again into the public eye.

Interest in the war is set to reach new levels, building on the already-significantly high levels of engagement from family historians who, with the aid of released soldiers’ records, pre-war census returns, the discovery of soldiers wills in the Department of Pensions and the availability of such records online. These records provide hitherto unprecedented opportunities to research the impact that war had on the everyday lives of the people of Britain, Europe and the World.

The emphasis of most of my books on the Great War has been the individual: the soldier, the war worker, the people at home - serving as a means of understanding the impacts of this terrible war, impacts still felt heavily today.