First World War

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.

Throughout the year, we will be retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

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While battlefield tours are de rigeur on the continent, we don’t have much of the sort in Hertfordshire – but a group of community historians are set to change that.

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Herts at War

Herts at War

Herts at War is a community led project to commemorate the diverse experiences of Hertfordshire during the First World War.

The project aims to uncover the untold stories of the county's men and women, both on the fighting front and the home front, and commemorate these individuals a century on from the conflict.

Website: www.hertsatwar.co.uk

Email: info@hertsatwar.co.uk

Facts

  • The first airship shot down in WW1 was in Cuffley, Herts
  • Over 30 private homes in Herts were used as hospitals in WW1
  • 703 memorials to WW1 memorials can be found around the county
  • 23,285 names appear on war memorials in Hertfordshire
  • Over 200,000 wounded and sick servicemen were treated in Herts between 1914 and 1919.
  • Every major town in Hertfordshire lost at least one servicemen on 31st July 1917 at St Julien
  • Over 15,000 troops were billeted around the county during WW1

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