First World War Poetry Digital Archive

"Personal Accounts" web sites

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Imperial war museums online exhibitions
This website features online exhibitions published by the Imperial War Museum. Each exhibition deals with an aspect of warfare, and the topics range from the First and Second World Wars to the Greenham Common protests during the Cold War. The twenty-one exhibitions all deal with twentieth century wars and campaigns that have had British involvement. Included are exhibitions on war artists Edward Ardizzone, H.S. Williamson and Mervyn Peake, a display about the British home front during the Second World War, Enigma and code-breaking, and Christmas during war years, as well as exhibitions…
In the First Person: an Index to Letters, Diaries,Oral Histories and Personal Narratives
In the First Person is an index to English language personal narratives from the last 400 years which is maintained by Alexander Street Press. It provides free access to a searchable database which indexes hundreds of thousands of personal narrative materials including interviews, oral histories, diaries, personal letters and accounts. These include Alexander Street databases, archives and free Internet sites. While some full-text materials (such as the Alexander Street database content) are offered to subscribers only, users can also access a growing amount of materials online. The la…
Letters from Private Alexander Arnot, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders
Letters from Private Alexander Arnot, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders are letters written from the Western Front and originally published in the Scottish newspaper the Coatbridge Leader. The website is the work of history enthusiast Jeremy Rawson, who has also published his grandmother's memoirs of Sussex in the early 20th century, and the Boer-War diary of another ancestor (Harvey Rawson) on his website. The letters give a first-hand account of life in the trenches: the conditions; the battles; the loss of life; and the near-misses. The letters cover the period 1914 to 1915, wh…
Liddle Collection
The Liddle Collection Web page provides information on an archive, based at the University of Leeds, of personal papers or more than four thousand men and women who lived through the First World War, and a growing collection of material from the Second World War. The collection includes: correspondence; diaries; official and personal papers; photographs; newspapers; artwork; and written and tape-recorded recollections. The resources themselves are not available online, but the site provides general information about the collection, as well as access to its two catalogues (one for each …
Lost generation
The Lost Generation website has been created by Channel 4, with the aim of turning "those long lists of names of the fallen back into real people". The site contains information about the First World War and its impact on: those who fought; those who stayed at home; and the wider international consequences of the conflict. The emphasis is mainly upon the experiences of ordinary people in the UK, and invites contributions from its audience. The site includes: a timeline of key events; a history of major battles (including the Somme); and discussion of life on the home front. Each secti…
North Carolinians and the Great War: The Impact of World War I on the Tar Heel State
This site forms part of the Documenting the South project managed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It provides access to a wealth of digitised primary resource materials relating to the impact of the First World War (1914-1918) on the population of North Carolina and the US federal and state government. Issues considered include: military recruitment, patriotism and propaganda, the impact of the war on civilians and the home front, the lives of American soldiers and women and the war. Digitised images of letters, propaganda posters, prints and oral histories are acce…
Nursing sister Helen L. Fowlds : a Canadian nurse in World War I, Trent University archives
This website is an online exhibition hosted by the Archives of Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. It posts archival documents detailing the service of a Canadian nurse, Helen Fowlds, during World War I. The site gives a biography intermingled with general commentary on the First World War which will make this site of interest both for historians of Canadian Social History and of the War. Of special note are over 100 private letters, available in full-text online. There is a good timeline which helps to contextualise the exhibit in general historical terms. Precise ar…
Oral histories of the First World War: veterans 1914-1918
This site has been created by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It is based on the CBC's radio broadcast In Flanders Fields, a series of interviews with veterans of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which aired from November 11, 1964 to March 7, 1965. It provides free access to a collection of audio interviews with Canadian First World War servicemen. Topics covered include life in the trenches, the Battle of the Somme, Ypres and personal experiences of war. Transcripts are provided. Th…
The Archives of Ontario remembers our Canadian War heroes
The Archives of Ontario Remembers our Canadian War Heroes is one of several online exhibitions designed by the Archives of Ontario, Canada. This site focusses first on letters from the trenches written by two brothers who joined the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry in 1915. Users can click on a selection of scanned images of the letters or hear audio recordings of readings of the letters. In addition, the exhibition features a collection of First World War photographs and images taken from the Archives' Visual Database, a separate site which users can also visit. Archival inform…
The battle of the Somme
The Battle of the Somme is an online exhibition from the Imperial War Museum, focusing on: the battle; its context within the First World War as a whole; and the impact it had on the lives of those involved. The exhibition is divided into three main sections: 'The Battle'; 'Personal Stories'; and 'The Somme Revisited'. Each section is illustrated with photographs of: key figures; places; and artefacts; as well as contemporary film footage. The individual war experiences documented include names such as: J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas Haig; and Robert Graves, in addition to the less well kn…