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Life and death as a soldier in the First World War

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This was produced by Liz Bregazzi at Durham Records Office for a project we were running on life for soldiers on the Western Front in World War One. It's a selection of artefacts from the archives' huge range and would be ideal for teachers looking for interesting sources to use with their class. This project also led to a great website for students and a range of resources for teachers which is well worth visiting here
http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/Pages/WorldWarOneintroduction.aspx

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Life and death as a soldier in the First World War

  1. 1. Durham County Record Office Life and Death as a Soldier in the First World War
  2. 2. Map of Ypres and surrounding area, c1915 D/DLI 7/26/17
  3. 3. Soldiers in a shelter near Zevenkote Farm, 28 April 1915 D/DLI 2/6/10 (301)
  4. 4. Soldiers in a trench at ‘Shrapnel Corner’, near Ypres, April 1915 D/DLI 2/6/10 (307)
  5. 5. Soldiers in a trench at ‘Shrapnel Corner’, April 1915 D/DLI 2/6/10 (316)
  6. 6. Letter from Corporal Robert Constantine from the trenches at Potijze, to his brother, James, in Newcastle, 13 May 1915 Page 1
  7. 7. Letter from Corporal Robert Constantine from the trenches at Potijze, to his brother, James, in Newcastle, 13 May 1915 Page 2
  8. 8. Letter from Corporal Robert Constantine from the trenches at Potijze, to his brother, James, in Newcastle, 13 May 1915 Page 3
  9. 9. Letter from Corporal Robert Constantine from the trenches at Potijze, to his brother, James, in Newcastle, 13 May 1915 Page 4 D/DLI 7/137/5
  10. 10. Diary of Sergeant John Barclay at Potijze, Belgium, May 1915 D/DLI 7/41/1
  11. 11. Waiting to Move to Counter Attack, Potijze, 24 May 1915 D/DLI 2/6/10 (317)
  12. 12. Private Perry’s grave, Potijze Wood, 24 May 1915 D/DLI 2/6/10 (325)
  13. 13. Poem by Signal Sergeant J. Wilkes, May 1915 Page 1
  14. 14. Poem by Signal Sergeant J. Wilkes, May 1915 Pages 2 - 3
  15. 15. Poem by Signal Sergeant J. Wilkes, May 1915 Page 4 D/DLI 2/5/17
  16. 16. Aerial photograph of shell craters behind British lines at Ypres, 1915 D/DLI 2/7/18 (319)
  17. 17. Poem, ‘My Little Dry Home in the West, 1915 D/DLI 7/417/3
  18. 18. Diary of Rev. Birch, chaplain to the 5th Battalion DLI, Ypres, June 1915 D/DLI 7/63/2
  19. 19. 2nd Battalion DLI War Diary, Potijze, Belgium, June 1915 D/DLI 2/2/1
  20. 20. 5th Battalion DLI Recruitment Propaganda leaflet, 31 July 1915 Page 1 D/DLI 2/5/16
  21. 21. 5th Battalion DLI Recruitment Propaganda leaflet, 31 July 1915 Page 2 D/DLI 2/5/16
  22. 22. Poem about how the DLI fought at Hooge, August 1915 D/DLI 7/250/3
  23. 23. Mine crater at Hooge, Belgium, August 1915 D/DLI 7/87/2 (21)
  24. 24. 2nd Battalion DLI War Diary, Hooge, Belgium, August 1915 D/DLI 2/2/1
  25. 25. 2nd Battalion DLI War Diary, Hooge, Belgium, August 1915 D/DLI 2/2/1
  26. 26. Poem, c1915 D/DLI 7/332/18
  27. 27. Wilfrid Owen’s poem, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ From An Anthology of War Poems, compiled by Frederick Brereton, Collins, 1930

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