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East Lothian during World War One

Poppy Fields, Flanders (PW Adam) commemorating the Lyon brothers of North Berwick

An Introduction

2014 will mark the centenary of the outbreak of what became the Great War and is now known as World War One. It has already been announced that there will be a national programme of commemoration.

For our part, over the next few years, the John Gray Centre team and our partners will be devoting a significant effort towards understanding how the resources and collections that we care for can throw light on East Lothian’s role in and around the events that swept the country during the war. We have already begun to investigate relevant resources within the collections and are exploring links with national and regional bodies working towards the same ends. As well as exhibitions and workshops we will develop pages within the website for specific purposes.

Pages will be featured through the Your Stories strand but we’ll continue to blog and highlight relevant events in our accustomed way. Combatants’ stories will be posted here but detailed information about our towns and locally raised military formations will appear in the indicated strands. We’ve begun to add pages in these areas so if you are interested, keep looking in to see what has changed.

Let us know if you’d like to be part of this, or would like to work with us on these themes, or have any suggestions or projects of your own where we might work together. Leave a comment below, share a story at Your Stories; or email us if you or your school or organisation would like to find out more.

Keywords: World War One, First World War, WWI, WW1

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