This website is part of the English Association’s contribution to the centenary of the First World War.

You can join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @war_poets as we follow the lives of our First World War poets. [You can also see our tweets on this site’s home page.]

Here are some other ways in which the centenary is being commemorated.

Collage of letters, sketches and maps from writers during the First World War




A Century Back: Writing the Great War Day by Day

“What if one were to read heaps of personal histories all together, following perhaps a few dozen of the most rewarding writers from the beginning of the war to the end, at a distance of exactly a century? It could be a chorus of many different voices, a symphonic literary history… [a slow] build into a new way of reading—or re-experiencing, in real time—the Great War: every day a piece of writing produced a century ago, or a description of events befalling one of the writers on that day.”

Each post either excerpts something that was written or discusses something that happened a century ago to the day. Posts appear daily through November 11th 2018; each concerns the First World War as it was experienced by those who wrote about it. The goal is to build a long, slow literary history of the British experience of the Western Front. Posts fall roughly into three categories: a sizable quotation from something written on that day; a sizable quotation or discussion of an account written later—a memoir, a poem, or a letter—about what the writer had experienced on that day; or a description of events that befell a particular writer on that day, although gleaned from another source. There is typically  commentary, too, intended to explain or contextualize the material and to gather the posts into loose conversations on common themes. Because there is a lot less material for the first year of the war—a small British army, and relatively few writers then serving—things may be a little spare and sparse at first, especially during the grim first winter of stalemate. But we’re in it for the duration, and when the New Army arrives in France in 1915, it will bring with it a most remarkable quantity and quality of war writers.

Screenshot of the Lives of the First World War website

Lives of the First World War

Lives of the First World War is an online digital archive remembering the millions of people from Britain and the Commonwealth who served in the First World War. The Imperial War Museums, who are runnng the site, are asking members of the public to add their own photographs, stories and memories to build a ‘permanent digital memorial’.

The records of more than 4.5 million men and 40,000 women who served with the British army are currently listed with millions of others due to be added to the website in the coming months.


Football Remembers

The Premier League, Football League and the FA have joined forces with the British Council to create Football Remembers, a national commemoration to mark this year’s centenary of the Christmas Truce that took place on Christmas Day 1914 along some parts of the Western Front.

A Football Remembers education pack will be sent to more than 30,000 schools across through the UK. The pack includes eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soliders.

Schools and Football Academies are also being asked to design a memorial to the football played during the truce. The permanent memorial will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and will be unveiled in December.

Download the Football Remembers Education Pack which also includes details of the competition.


Sky News on Twitter

Follow Sky News reporting news from the First World War as if it is happening  in real time today.

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First World War in Focus

The National Army Museum’s new website offers an interactive timeline and  digital world map with geo-tagged events of the War, soldiers’s stories, news and downloadable learning resources.


1914: Day by Day

The World Remembers

The World Remembers will display the names of those who lost their lives in names-display installations in participating nations. They will be seen in a network of schools or other organisations, on the website, and on phones and Tablets and in public displays in some countries. Each name will be programmed to appear at a precise minute, allowing anyone anywhere in the world to find the exact moment when the name of a lost relative will appear. In 2014, we will display only the names of those killed in 1914, commencing October 15th and concluding November 11th. In 2015, we will display the names of those killed in 1915. And so on. At sunrise November 11th 2018, the last of the millions of names will appear time zone by time zone around the world.