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First World War 100: conflict and commemoration

First World War centenaryTo mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, 100 documents from the Modern Records Centre's archives have been digitised and made available online. From the soldier on the front line to the imprisoned conscientious objector, the woman worker to the wounded ex-serviceman, the sources provide an insight into the far-reaching effects of four years of 'total war' on Britain and its society.

Discover some of the highlights of our First World War collections here or view all 100 of the digitised documents through the online 'Archive Vault'. Wartime cartoons from The Railway Review, weekly newspaper of the National Union of Railwaymen, are also available online.


First World War: 100Military service

The soldiers' view

Orders and intelligence

Planning and logistics


The war on the Home Front

Life on the Home Front

Pacifism and protest

Wartime working

Women and war


The war to end all wars

Demobilisation and recovery