Credits and Acknowledgements

A wide variety of sources have been used to compile the information presented on this website. Not all material is original and due credit is given to all original sources.  Where possible they are listed below: Wikipedia Imperial War Museum Bing images Hull Daily Mail BBC  http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww1 Wreck Site – http://wrecksite.eu/Wrecksite.aspx Ancestry.co.uk The Mann Index collections – … Read more

The Pal Battalions

At the outbreak of the war in August 1914, the British regular army was a small professional force. It consisted of 247,432 regular troops organised into 10 regiments of Guards, 157 infantry battalions, 31 cavalry regiments, artillery and other support arms. Almost half of the regular army (74 of the 157 infantry battalions and 12 of … Read more

A Global War

We now call it the First World War or World War One. Contemporaries certainly thought it was a world war and called it that. The term “World War” (Weltkrieg) first appeared in Germany in 1914. The French and British referred to the war as “La Grande Guerre” or the “Great War”, but also adopted the term … Read more

The Western Front

The German invasion in 1914, occupied 90% of Belgium, and 10 French regions. The resulting German-occupied territory included 64% of France’s pig iron production, 24% of its steel manufacturing, and 40% of France’s total coal mining capacity. This dealt a serious, but not crippling setback to French industry.  The ‘Western Front’ marked the furthest German advances. It was a 400 mile … Read more

Influenza Epidemic 1918-1919

A separate, but related event to the Great War, was the great 1918 flu pandemic. It exclusively attacked human beings and not other animals. This deadly flu virus infected more than one-third of the world’s population, and within months had killed more than 50 million people – three times as many as the World War … Read more