Share your Life Stories
While we're still in these early stages, with lots of features yet to come, it would be great to see the Life Stories everyone's been working on so far.
You can link to any Life Stories you like here - remember, this forum is publicly visible (and searchable) but your Life Stories will, for now, only be visible to other users who are logged in.
Thank you David. I think I would prefer to scan his story so it is in his own handwriting.
Joan, probably two choices.. Transcribe them and add them as a story, or scan them and add them as images.. I am not sure if we can add pdf files as evidence yet?
I have started on my Great Uncle who was KIA in August 1918.. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4884676
These are all wonderful. I noticed someone had added private papers but I could not click anywhere and read them, which would have been interesting. How do I do this?
How do I add my Grandfather's story of his war in his own handwritten papers? There are many pages.
I've started work on another story - my great-great-uncle George Tarr, who died in France in 1918 aged 19
I don't know very much about him, but do hold the commemorative plaque awarded to his family after his death, which was passed onto my mum from her grandfather, George's nephew. I also have a PDF from the War Graves commission which holds which a few details about his parents, home and the memorial at Soissons bearing his name, but I don't have any way of adding that at present
I've added details to my Dad's record. I was a late arrival in his life.
I'm working on the lives of two great-great-grandfathers.
John Melean, who died just as the war was ending, leaving a widow with nine children; I'd love to learn more about him, as I don't know a huge amount about this branch of the family
and George Ward, who I have loads of documentary evidence for, including his original birth and marriage certificates that have come through the family, stacks of photographs, and also a wonderful collection of postcards written to his son during the war.
I'm also researching my great-grandfather, Henry Browning (known as Alf) - I wish I knew more about him
bernie hudson commented
Here are some of my relatives
2nd Lt. Wilfrid Hudson from Bridlington, Killed in Action
Cpl Arthur Percival Hudson, my Grandfather
Pte Arthur Massey, my other Grandfather
Spr Percy Massey, Arthur Massey's brother Killed in Action on the Somme
Judith Parry commented
I have found 5 stories related to me:
Edwin Hassall (my grandfather's uncle) - his story has been in the press quite a lot recently, referring to him as the Chocolate Soldier because of some correspondence he wrote after finding a chocolate bar wrapper in a trench.
Edwin survived the war. All of the following died.
Harry and Herbert Downing - two of my grandmother's brothers
and their cousin, William Wright
These are all on my mother's side of the family.
On my father's side, I have Ernest Gilberthorpe
my great grandmother's brother.
"brian oldfield commented · April 16, 2014 6:14 PM ·
Is it essential for a photograph to accompany any Life Story? "
As many men won't even have a poor quality newspaper photograph, it is absolutely fine to add to a Life Story if you have no photograph.
bernie hudson commented
Here is my Great Uncle Bernard Hudson with a few photos too
brian oldfield commented
Is it essential for a photograph to accompany any Life Story? The only photographs available for many individuals is the photograph published in a local/national newspaper. These are often of poor quality to copy. Can the Life Story be submitted without photograph.
Anni Berman commented
I've been working on everyone with the surnames Boustred and Bulstrode. Also Eric Gordon England.
Here is the link for Jesse John Fenner - interesting that if I search just under Fenner, He doesn't come up, it appears he only turns up if I put in the full name. Variants need to be widened. I've put quite a few photos on his file with more to add.
here is the link to Jesse John Fenner - I've added quite a few photos with still more to do
Interesting that when searching under Fenner, I can't find him unless I type in whole name
I've filled in some data for my husbands uncle Charles
Also put quite a lot in for my father-in-law's (now deceased) father - Jesse John Fenner, but not sure how to add another link to this message
Heya ! I'm filling in my great grandfather's life story, Hugh Grant Mackenzie. He enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery in Inveresshire, was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery, then to the India Unattached List of the Indian Army and served in India till the end of the 30s.
I'm working on my Great Grandfather William Sinfield's life story, born in the East End in Shoreditch in 1888 and served with 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment on the Somme.
Avril Kelly commented
I am working on the life story of my great uncle, Hugh Stuart Whitehill, who was in the Merchant Navy from 10 October 1914 to 2 January 1915. He joined the Royal Engineers - 138 Fortress Coy (later 138 Army Troops Coy) - on 23 February 1915. He was killed in action 28 October 1917
Steve Clifford commented
I'm working on two Life Stories:
- My Great-Grandfather who was in the 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment). He was shot and captured at the Second Battle of Ypres and spent nearly 4 years as a POW:
- A soldier I'm not related to, Lt. Herbert Frederick Bolton (103rd Machine Gun Corp) but one I blogged about:
I'm looking forward to seeing the project evolve and particularly the Community section