Do you have a missing piece of history from Imperial War Museums' 8 million World War I life stories?
Imperial War Museums (IWM) is calling for the public to find the last ‘missing pieces’ and help complete 8 million Life Stories from the First World War – one for each of the men and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform or on the home front during the conflict.
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- Camberwell Air Raid Victims. This community commemorates the victims of the Zeppelin and Gotha air raids during the First World War. 21 of them are commemorated on the memorial inCamberwell Old Cemetery, London. The community has images for some people in this Community, but not all. Does your family have photos to upload?
- The Women’s Land Army. There were around 23,000 members of the Women's Land Army in the First World War but very few records about them have survived. Do you have family memories, photos or other sources that could help tell this story?
- The Chilwell National Shell Filling Factory explosion - 1 July 1918. The explosion killed 134 workers and injured 250, 5 of whom died later from their injuries. Like the Women’s Land Army, very few records have survived. Members of the public can help provide dates of birth and death, photos and facts about their lives.
In 2019, the Life Stories will form a permanent digital memorial which will be saved for future generations. Lives of the First World War will remain live and active until 18 March 2019, when IWM will become the custodian of the millions of incredible public contributions that have been made over the past 5 years. These stories will remain free and accessible and by becoming part of IWMs’ powerful online collections, will help to shape our understanding of the First World War both now and in the future.
(image copyright James Petts)