Growing up in Australia, my lessons on WWI had a different slant to those my kids have in their British schools. A lot of the focus was on the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 (Australia & New Zealand’s national day of remembrance is April 25, to commemorate the date of the landing). You’d have to have been living in a bubble to not know that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. It’s also the beginning of four years of activities to commemorate those who served and educate people about the Great War.
Every Man Remembered is a project being run by the Royal British Legion to that all men (and women) who died in service in WWI to be commemorated and remembered. It’s simple to use. Either let the site randomly give you a name or search on a family member.
The BBC has a fantastic array of activities and programmes lined up. There is a wealth of information at www.bbc.co.uk/ww1.
The Imperial War Museum has created a brilliant website listing events taking part around the UK, not only those they are curating. Go to www.1914.org. They also have released a fab series of podcasts on the iTunes store called IWM Voices of theFirst World War, which are original recordings of interviews with people who were there.
Those in other countries can see what’s happening around them at The Great War 1914-1918.
Have you taken part in any activities commemorating WWI? Do you think it’s important to remember, or is it just history?