The First World War: The Great War
Remember Them More Honestly (November 2019)
"How long would it have
taken for the 886,000 British men killed in the Great War to pass in
procession down Whitehall? I think we should find out. The necessary
volunteers should be sought, asked to dress in suitably sombre
clothing, and then be invited to march at a respectful pace past a
stand near the Cenotaph, perhaps containing all the modern
politicians who have ever started a war. While we all watch this
procession on television, we might pause to wonder how many
doorsteps that means on which a newly-made young widow clutched a
yellow telegram form and slumped against the wall with no idea of
how she should or could live the rest of her life..."
Honouring the Fallen (11
"At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh
month of 1918, the guns fell silent. A hundred years ago the
barbarous folly of the ruling elites of Europe known to us as the
First World War or Great War came to an end. The suffering and scars
it caused remain long afterwards and changed the world. How should
we remember and more importantly honour those of our forebears who
endured so much suffering and sacrificed so much? Is it just enough
to once a year listen to the hauntingly sad 'Last Post', and watch
the poppies falling in the Albert Hall?..."
They Fought and Died For Freedom - And It Was Not In Vain
(11 November 2018)
"We are now at the centenary of the Great War's end. Many
will be asking what the war was for, what did it achieve, was it
worth the immense, almost unimaginable cost in lives and suffering?
These are questions we should pose whenever we ask others to die on
our behalf. It would be deeply callous not to..."
Armistice 100: They Shall Not Grow Old
(11 November 2018)
"Black and white is another world: they do not feel because
there are no tears; where blood is grey, there is no pain. The
grainy ghosts are trapped in trenches or hanging on the old barbed
wire. We've seen them, we've seen them... Or have we partially
glimpsed and never really care because they aren't quite here?..."
We Shall Remember Them (11
"Today I, along with my wife and child, will put on our
'Saturday Best clothes' and will brave the rain and head off into
our local town for Remembrance Sunday. We will take our places among
many others young and old to pay our respects to those who have
served the British armed forces over many years. We will remember
those who served with distinction and protected this country and in
particular we will remember those who made the ultimate
No, Britain Lost 700,000 Poets, Teachers, Inventors... and Fathers
(11 November 2018)
"What do you think about during the two minutes silence? I
used to think of men at war, and hear in my head the shouts and the
clash of arms. Now I see a narrow street of small houses at dusk. A
young man in army uniform is embracing his wife and little children
in a lighted doorway. He will not return..."
The Proud Memories You Will Never Allow To Fade (11
"Recollections of families'
service and sacrifice..."
They Shall Not Be Forgotten (11 November 2018)
"A video to commemorate those men
on both sides of WW1 that paid the ultimate sacrifice. Lest We
Preserving God's Image in the Face of Death
(11 November 2018)
"Regardless of what uniform each soldier wore ... underneath
[was] an image bearer of God (Genesis 1:27) ... Unfortunately,
despite Germany's very blessed past, in relation to the Reformation
... the nation's underlying philosophy had dramatically changed.
Darwinism was now clearly Germany's philosophy, which is understood
to be an underlying cause in its attitudes to its European
neighbours. People such as the biologist, Ernst Haeckel, a devoted
Darwinian disciple, had ensured that Social Darwinism had pervaded
the thinking of Germany's military, academic, and political leaders,
and the populace at large..."
They Loved and Were Loved (09
"It is said that there isn't any family which hasn't lost at
least one of their men in either, or both, of the two world wars...
My great-grandmother, Mabel (Ada) Robinson, née Ashby, was one of so
many, many women who lost their menfolk in battle. Her husband
and both her two brothers died in the Great War..."
The Great War and the Family Ties That Bind Us Together
(06 November 2018)
"The Doiran Memorial stands roughly in the centre of the line
occupied for two years by the Allies in Macedonia, but close to the
western end, which was held by Commonwealth forces. It marks the
scene of the fierce fighting of 1917-1918, which caused the majority
of the Commonwealth battle casualties..."
First World War: One Man's Story (22 October 2018)
This is just a very short account
of just a very small part of the terrible experience of my
Great-Uncle Harry on the battlefields of the First World War.
Silence and Sacrifice (October 2018)
"The last soldiers went 'over the
top' at 4.20am on 11th November 1918. The Armistice was signed at
5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France. Then,
at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns
of Europe fell silent. The Great War was over..."
World War One Trench Warfare (07 January 2017)
"On the 28th of July 1914, World
War One began and soldiers from both sides of the battle began
digging big holes in the ground where they would live, eat, sleep,
fight, and die together. The trenches became the battle ground of
The Great War and they became the final resting place for millions
of young men ... After six weeks of basic training, the young men
were sent to war really unprepared for the unimaginable horrors that
lay ahead of them..."
The Trenches in WWI (17 August 2015)
"An overview of experiences in
the trenches from History File"
Remembrance Sunday: Sacrifice, Freedom and Peace (09
"You've probably never been shot
by a sniper or blown to bits by a hand grenade, but sacrifice is
agony. It might sound golden, but it is hours of fear and loneliness
garnished by the weeds of an obscure grave. We only hear the valiant
tales of detachment and farewell. But hearts bled, limbs writhed and
voices groaned in rivers of bitterness chocking on the stench of
trotting flesh ... They were our boys ... they died to save us..."
100 Facts About World War One - 100 Years After It Began
(08 August 2014)
"This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World
War One. Here are 100 facts about that fateful war, 100 years after
Unveiling of the Rothenstein Mural (20 May 2014)
"The Rothenstein Mural was
painted in 1916 as a memorial to members of the British universities
serving in the Great War ... 'I happened to be at Oxford where I
witnessed the conferring of degrees... The sight of a number of
youths, booted and spurred, with their gowns over their khaki,
kneeling before the Chancellor to receive their degrees, put me in
mind of the age of chivalry, so touching and beautiful were these
young figures; and I thought what a fine subject for a memorial
painting this would make'..."
WWI Overview (19 October 2008)
"An introduction to World War I"
Film: They Shall Not Grow Old
They Shall Not Grow Old on BBC Two
(07 November 2018)
"Peter Jackson's highly anticipated First World War archive
feature film They Shall Not Grow Old is to receive its
broadcast premiere exclusively on BBC Two in Sunday 11 November at
9.30pm, following its world Premiere at the London Film Festival in
October ... It is to those that paid the ultimate price over 100
years ago we owe our freedom today..."
'They Shall Not Grow Old' (20
"I watched the film 'They Shall Not Grow Old' last Tuesday
and felt so moved by it. The film covers the lives of the men and
boys who heard of the coming war and signed up for King and Country.
Some lads were as young as 15 years old, but big for their age. The
recruiting officers when told of their age, told them to go outside,
have a few birthdays and come back in. They did this and then
signed up. The film has used black and white stills/videos taken at
the time, digitally enhanced and converted to colour. The film shows
the terrible conditions that our troops had to suffer..."
Shall Not Grow Old (16 October 2018)
"A documentary about World War I
with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the
end of the war."
How Peter Jackson Brought to Life WWI Footage in His New Film
(10 October 2018)
Viewers' comments: "These men paid
for our freedom with their lives. I wonder how they would view our
modern world where people are 'traumatised' and need 'safe spaces'
just from words or ideas they personally do not like. Everyone today
is a victim or survivor of some minor event ... These men died or
suffered terribly and came home and went back to work. No
counselling, no safe spaces ... much respect to Mr Jackson for this
great work" / "Peter Jackson highlights the 'lack of
self pity' that the soldiers had after the war. Compare that to
rampant 'victim mentality' amongst young people today" /
"Every school in the UK should show this film" /
"Probably the UK's best generation of men ... that today is long
gone, and will never get back" / "God bless them all and
God bless you for keeping their memory alive. Thank you."
Videos and YouTubes
Do Not Let Their Blood Have Been Shed in Vain (11
"They loved God, king, and
country. They loved this land and they loved our nation. Yes, they
loved you and me. And what I want to ask is, do we return that love?
Do we appreciate and remember that great sacrifice? And do we strive
every day to preserve our fine civilisation they they made such a
sacrifice for? It is time now for the British Lion to rise again..."
Why We Remember - 100 years On From Armistice (11
you for this truly moving report. I have lain wreathes at Menin Gate
several times and visited countless cemeteries. Just like you, I
can't help welling up seeing the sheer scale of the sacrifice these
brave young men and women made for the defence of our country. It is
unforgiveable that our governments past and present are happy to
hand over our sovereignty to a foreign dictatorship when so many
people suffered hardship and sacrifice for King and country"
Interview: Nigel Farage on WWI (11 November 2018)
"Nigel Farage gives an exclusive
interview on WW1 and its impact today. We talk about the left's
attempt to re-write history, mental health, war poetry, and
The Last Post (Violin) (27 April 2016)
"Having had our ANZAC Day
commemorations and memorial this past Monday, I felt inspired to pay
my own tribute to our brave ANZACs, including both of my Great
Grandfathers. Sadly, neither of them made it home. To those who
served then and to those who serve now, I thank you. Here is my
rendition of The Last Post. Lest we forget..."
"Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.
Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
And their grandchildren are once more slaves."
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Canadian Army (1872-1918)
"[T]he foe of which John McCrae
wrote were not the people in the opposite trenches.
The foe were tyranny and dictatorship ... our soldiers knew this ...
Yes, we have indeed dropped the torch! Yes, we have indeed broken
faith with those who died and lie in Flanders Fields! ...
and yes, we will have to bear the
consequences in the years to come..."
thing there is a
season, and a time to
every purpose under the
A time to be born, and a
time to die; a time to
plant, and a time to
that which is
A time to kill, and a
time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time
to build up;
A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to
A time to cast away
stones, and a time to
gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a
time to refrain from
A time to get, and a
time to lose; a time to
keep, and a time to cast
A time to rend, and a
time to sew; a time to
keep silence, and a time
A time to love, and a
time to hate; a time of
war, and a time of
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