14th January 2014

2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of the start of World War I, therefore is a unique time for your students to study the events of the devastating war which changed the world.

The government has also launched a new project for the WWI centenary programme in which diaries from British soldiers describing life on the frontline during WWI are being published online by the National Archives. Volunteers are being encouraged to uncover new details about the war, and highlight key information such as names, places and events. Any data will be used in the National Archives’ catalogue descriptions for the dairies, making it much easier for people to trace their army ancestors.

Each unit in WWI was required to keep a diary of its daily activities, which are now been digitised. A private war diary kept by one of the First Battalion’s soldiers, Captain James Paterson has also been digitised, one particular entry said the scenes witnessed were “beyond description”… “Trenches, bits of equipment, clothing (probably blood stained), ammunition, tools, caps, etc, etc, everywhere. Poor fellows shot dead are lying in all directions. Some of ours”.

The worlds last known combat veteran of WWI, died aged 110 in 2011, and with no living veterans who can speak directly about the war, the diaries will allow us to hear the voices of all those who sacrificed their lives.

Some of the most influential and profound poetry has been written by those serving in Somme during WWI, so is a perfect destination for English Literature groups. Your English group will have the opportunity to visit the places that influenced the powerful poetry of war, poets including Edward Tennant, Roland Aubrey Leighton and John William Streets.

With this new government project in play for the anniversary, or if you fancy learning more about the marvellous poetry first hand, why not contact Adaptable Travel today to start organising your next History or English study trip.

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