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The First World War Centenary 2014

On 4th August 2014, Cambridge Scholars will be proudly celebrating the First World War centenary.

The Cambridge Scholars team have commemorated this milestone in World History by writing a letter to an unknown soldier. This innovative online project was inspired by a statue of a soldier reading a letter on Platform One of London’s Paddington Station. It invites people from all walks of life to write a letter to this soldier and create a war memorial made only of words, which will remain permanently archived in the British Library. Click here to add your voice.

At the height of the First World War an average of twelve and a half million letters were sent each week by family, friends and lovers to soldiers fighting on the Western Front. The letters from soldiers that survive today are both moving first-person accounts of the tedium, trauma and loneliness of war, and important historical records that allow us to understand the First World War from the perspective of those people who fought in it.

The end of the war was a bigger disaster than its beginnings. The war bequeathed the world Adolf Hitler and laid the seeds for the Second World War. More than 25,000 books have been written about the First World War and the centenary will see many more. 

Are you planning to commemorate The Great War? If so, we would love to hear your stories about how you will be marking this milestone. Please drop us a line.

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