New book tells the story of fifty lives of the First World War

Mon, 17 Dec 2018

East Riding Archives, working with research volunteers, have published a new book, ‘Fifty Lives of the First World War’, which is now on sale in the Archives section of the Treasure House in Beverley, priced £4.50.

In 2014, a volunteer project was set up to tell the previously untold personal stories of local people involved in the First World War. The project was set up on 4 August, exactly 100 years after the outbreak of the war which claimed so many millions of lives. Using hundreds of photographs of local First World War soldiers, sailors and civilians which were published in the Beverley Guardian newspaper between 1915 and 1920, its aim was to bring to life the stories of these East Riding people.

Based at East Riding Archives in the Treasure House in Beverley, the volunteers tracked down information on First World War Lives and wrote a short pen portrait for each person. These have been displayed in a weekly changing exhibition in the Treasure House corridor for the past four years, marking the length of the war itself. All of their research is now available to be viewed within the Archives.

To mark the conclusion of the project, the volunteers were asked to choose their favourite ‘lives’ and this book is the result of their selection and hard work.