Tilda Swinton


The Fusilier Museum – Bury

I visited The Fusilier Museum in Bury to find more details about the regiment my Great Uncle Tom was in.




First World War Memorial Medal

I remember this medal being on the mantel piece at my Grandma and Grandad’s House.  I always thought it was my grandad’s but I don’t think it would have been so I think it was probably my grandma’s father’s medal who died in the First World War.ImageAbout the Medal

A ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ – commemorative medal presented to families of soldiers who died during the First World War.These commemorative medals were presented to the next-of-kin of the men and women who died in action in the Great War (1914-18). The medal was commonly known as the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’. The medal was made of brass and measured approximately four and a half inches in diameter. Most of the medals were manufactured at Woolwich arsenal (London). In addition to this plaque or medal, families of the bereaved would also have received an illuminated scroll in full colour and a printed letter from Buckingham Palace bearing the signature of the King. The plaque was designed by Edward Carter Preston (1885-1965), a medallist/sculptor of Liverpool, who won a national competition to design the memorial plaque.

Serbia Project Europeana Collections 1914-1918

How we got here

Digital Library of the Great War was created as part of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 , which aims to fund the 9 national libraries digitize and make publicly available more than 400,000 publications produced during World War II. For the first time this content, previously only available in the reading rooms, often in very poor physical condition, considering the quality of the paper on which it is located, will be shown online. Digital collections created through this project, made ​​up of books, newspapers, war diaries, music, children’s literature, photography, posters, promotional materials, artwork and anything else that can be found in a National Library. Europeana Collections 1914-1918, as well as related project Europeana 1914-1918 , in which the citizens themselves contribute to their family law cases and stories from World War I and EFG1914 that digitized video recordings of the period, with the ultimate goal of the portal Europeana make public available material that captures the collective and individual experiences from the perspective of different parties affected by the First World War.




Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom

Evelyn Dunbar


Cecil Beaton


Readings of the poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

A reading of the poem, Dulce et Decorum Est, with archive film footage


A reading of Dulce et Decorum Est by Kenneth Brannagh


Drawings and sketches by prisoners of war

These are sketches by Corporal Richard (Dick) John Cochran 2.12 Field Company (Engineers) whilst in Singapore



“Changi Prison” September 1944


2/4 Machine Gun Battalion – Homebuilt Flats



Roberts Barracks – Hospital orderlies tent lines



Havelock Road Camp The MIR Hut – 1942


Syme Road – Garden



Havelock Road Camp The Cookhouse – 1942


Roberts Barracks – NAAFI Ward


Medical Evacuation On The Kwai Noi River 1943 Drawing by Fred Ransome Smith (Lt Fred (Smudger) Smith- 5th Suffolks) and drawn 2006 from memory


Medical Evacuation On The Kwai Noi River 1943 Drawing by Fred Ransome Smith (Lt Fred (Smudger) Smith- 5th Suffolks) and drawn 2006 from memory


Typical labouring scene- shows sue of chunkle, Jap Engineer and guard with labourers by Lt Fred “Smudger” Smith (Ransome Smith)


PHRA Pathom Chedi “Tallest Buhhdist Monument in the World” Monks and POWs in foreground by Lt Fred “Smudger” Smith (Ransome Smith)


Typical labouring scene. Shows Hammer and Tap, Embankment labouring, Timber felling and an excavated cutting by Lt Fred “Smudger” Smith (Ransome Smith)