Faces of the First World War

Posted by Penny in Best of The Commons
young English man in uniform

Lieutenant William Murray Dobie
Imperial War Museum

As part of the First World War Centenary observances, the Imperial War Museum is adding “Faces of the First World War” to their Flickr Commons account. The portraits sometimes start with just a surname and a rank; but many of them are gaining extensive annotation in comments, with contributors accessing war records, census details, maps, and baptismal rolls, as well as the lists of names on monuments of war dead. In the Commons, a young face like Lt. Dobie, above, becomes a doctor’s son, Elizabeth Dobie’s older brother, a Marlborough School student, just twenty years old when he “went out to inspect the wire in front of the fire trench,” and died.

New faces will be added to these sets regularly until August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

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