First World War Poetry Digital Archive

"Personal Accounts" web sites

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WW1 : experiences of an English soldier
The WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier weblog consists of transcripts of letters written during the First World War, by Private William Henry Bonser Lamin of the 9th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. The letters, originally sent to family members, are posted as individual blog entries by Private Lamin's grandson, exactly 90 years after each was originally written. The weblog also provides a war diary for the 9th Battalion itself. This is a poignant insight into one man's experience of the Great War, made all the more readable to a modern audience through the inventiv…
Aftermath
"Aftermath" is a website which examines the social and cultural aftermath of the First World War, especially in the UK, "when the boys came home" (including: the experience of returned soldiers; the need for remembrance and war memorials; and the literature of the early 1920s). The author is a professional Web designer, and design pervades Aftermath and enhances it - even the distinctive poppy red colour scheme. The site's navigation is powered by DHTML. The majority of the extensive content of the site is database driven. The navigation bars to the left and at the top provide fast acc…
Echoes of the Great War
The Echoes of the Great War website is an online version of an exhibition created to accompany a performance of the play 'Oh What A Lovely War!', in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, 2004. The exhibition is separated into seven sections, the largest of these being: 'Lost in the Great War'; and 'Other Combatants'. These two sections concentrate on biographical detail of soldiers with a connection to the Milton Keynes area, many of whom were killed or wounded in the war, and are illustrated with family and military photographs and reminiscences. The remaining sections illustrate the his…
Experiencing war : World War I : the Great War
'Experiencing War: World War I: the Great War' is one of several interlinked online exhibitions devoted to the history of war veterans, which have been prepared as part of a special project by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Created by an act of Congress in 2000, this special Veterans History Project catalogues personal stories of patriotic courage. This particular site focuses on World War I through photographs, diaries, scrapbooks and written memoirs of 11 Great War veterans. Linked subpages here also refer to the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, …
EyeWitness to the First World War
The website "EyeWitness to World War I" is part of the Ibis Communications Inc. "EyeWitness" series. It features brief discussions of general events from the First World War, illustrated by contemporary accounts. Topics included are: the battle of Gallipoli, the death of air ace Major Raoul Lufbery; gas attacks; the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; and the return of the unknown soldier. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker's account of Lufbery's death is reproduced here, as well as Archduke Franz Ferdinand's bodyguard's (Count Franz von Harrach) description of the assassination. This i…
Fatal salient: First World War Letters and Paintings by Harold Sandys Williamson
This site is maintained by the Imperial War Museum. It provides free access to a biography, selection of letter extracts and collection of online images of paintings and sketches from a First World war soldier Harold Sandys Williamson (1892-1978). They cover the period 1916-1918 and include images of soldiers in the Trenches.
First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries: National Archives
This site is maintained by the National Archives. It provides access to a selection of war diaries from WW1 .They are taken from the original series WO 95.kept by British and colonial units and regiments serving in battles between 1914 and 1922. The diaries offer daily reports of tactics, operations and accounts of military casualties. The database may be searched free of charge. Access to many of the full text documents requires payment. A research guide on using the database is provided.
First world war.com
First World War.com is an online multimedia history of the First World War, edited by enthusiast Michael Duffy. The material on the site is not peer-reviewed, and as such the Editor advises against using it for teaching purposes, however, the site is well-designed and attractive and would be of interest to students of the Great War. Work on the content of the site is ongoing, and already included are features and information on: battles; weaponry/gas; poets and prose; life in the trenches; the Christmas Truce; propaganda posters; and commanders. The site also provides footage (archive…
Great War album, A : excerpts from a special book
A Great War Album is a website that includes words and images taken from an album kept by Kate Harvey, a nurse working at Gravesend Hospital during the First World War. Soldiers from: England; Scotland; Ireland; Wales; Canada; and Australia contributed: cartoons; poems; and comments, as well as drawings and regimental badges. Some soldiers left only their signatures and addresses in the 'Roll of Honour' in the book. The website gives only a brief look into the album, presenting a few excerpts rather than reproducing the whole book, and some of the images are not very large, making it…
Great War Archive
A project organised by the University of Oxford with funding from the the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). which is collecting materials about the First World War (1914-1918) held by the British public. These will include diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, memorabilia and other ephemera from ex soldiers, service personnel and the homefront. The website provides information about the project. It is intended to provide access to many materials online at the end of 2008.