Lest We Forget: Keep Their Stories Alive was a collaborative project between the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) and the University of Oxford, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Over the course of a year, our project volunteers collected over 500 stories and 13,000 photos of objects from the First World War, which can be viewed in the full Lest We Forget online archive.

Here you can take a look at some of the diverse objects and stories we’ve gathered, and what they can tell us about the global scale of the war, its aftermath and what it means to families who remember today.

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Lest We Forget: Global Impact

The most famous areas of fighting during the First World War were in Northern France and Belgium, known collectively as ‘The Western Front’. Many of the objects in the archive tell stories from the Western Front, but others shed light on the lesser-known theatres of combat in this global war.

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The First World War caused a rupture in societies across the globe, and in the thousands of families who were left to mourn a loved one. Even after it finished, the war had a lasting affect on those that came back and the families of those that didn't.

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Family connections

Perhaps you’ve found objects related to your family’s experience in the First World War and you’d like to find out more. If you know that your family member died in the war, you can find out where they are commemorated on the CWGC website. If you don’t know much about your relative, the objects they left behind can provide information to help you learn more.

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