Who Do You Think You Are?
Originally broadcast 19th October 2020, Series 17: 2.
David Walliams discovers more about his paternal great-grandfather John Boorman’s, prolonged and traumatic experiences on the battlefields of the First World War.
History From Home
‘The Real Warhorse’ presentation explores the contribution of equines during the Great War. You can view the talk by clicking through to Dan Hill’s History From Home series archive.
Home Brew History
The 1.7 Million Stories of CWGC
Modern Conflict Research Symposium
The cemeteries of the CWGC are an integral part of the memorialisation of the Great War. Much has been written about their origins and development, along with their wider place within the context of commemorative practises. However, to those visiting the battlefields for the first time, it can often be an individual grave that invokes the strongest of emotional responses. During the creation of the cemeteries, the CWGC provided the option for relatives of the dead to include a personal inscription of their loved one’s grave. ‘The Power of Words’ paper (originally delivered at the 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium in 2019) involves discussion on the history of these epitaphs, their emotional power over visitors today and a high-level analysis of their content.