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I watched the first part of the really good Jeremy Paxman documentary (BBC1, Monday nights) on World War One last week. Produced to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, I thought it was really well put together. The opening instalment portrayed really powerfully the impact of the war on real people’s lives and how the it shaped attitudes and changed life irrevocably.

Not only was there a lot of information which was new to me - did you know that British civilians had actually been fired upon by German warships? Yes, In Hartlepool (many casualties and locals thought that the Germans had actually invaded and landed  on British soil) - but it also highlighted what it must have been like to live through the buildup and outbreak of war ... the worry, the disbelief, suspicions of spies everywhere, false optimism followed by crushing shock at early defeats....

It is so poignant to watch early newsreel footage of young men as young as 14 queueing to join up - many forming brigades taken from the same village or town, sporting club even Football Club.

 

Most imagined that the war would soon be over and normal life would resume. How could a professional army which had played a key role in shaping and maintaining one of the largest empires the world has ever seen be incapable of defeating the Germans? How wrong they all were...

 

The Collage Company has been fortunate to create a good number of family history collages - a wonderful way of displaying family history, photos, citations, medals and memorabilia, keeping memories alive of our forbears who gave so much for us all. How differently history might have turned out if that sacrifice had not been made. Makes me ,for one, feel very humble. For anyone who is interested in tracing family history and military records in particular, my next blog will give some pointers of useful websites etc for research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do have a watch of the series if you can - highly recommended.

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Emmy Watt set up ‘The Collage Company’ in 2010 after finding a gap in the digital photographic market. Instead of creating photo books, which end up on the shelf along with long-forgotten photo albums, they wanted to find a way of getting all your favourite photos out on show and still produce a quality product. Taking their marketing and design experience they have taken the traditional collage idea into the 21st century...

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  • Emmy Watt
    Emmy Watt Friday, 31 January 2014

    Wartime memories are very much in people's minds at the moment - there is a storyline happening in the Archers on BBC Radio 4 reminiscing about the special badges farmers wore to stop them getting the inevitable white feather.

    My grandfather was a conscientious objector, and received 3 white feathers for his beliefs. He was in his late 40s, a pacifist and a sculptor, and didn't believe in fighting or war. It didn't do him any good, as he was unable to find work after the war finished, and had to emigrate to Australia.

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