World War 1

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World War I, aka the First World War often abbreviated as WWI or WW1, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from July 28th 1914 to November 11th 1918. Also known as the Great War or "the war to end all wars", it led more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history.

A photo of Charles Fay ("Fay C.") Martin (left) (1878-1935) and his son, Paul L. Martin (1905-1982). Fay enlisted from Broome Co., NY, but lived in Owego, Tioga Co., NY. WWI - Getting ready to leave.
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1905 - 1985 1905 - 1985
Added Nov 11, 2015 by: Ann Buckley
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A photo of George Habley mugging it up with US Army buddies ca 1917. George served in France during WW1 and died as a result of exposure to poison gas.
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Added May 28, 2016 by: James Gray
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This undated photo provided by the Smith family shows four of the five Smith brothers, who were killed during World War I, pose for a photo in Barnard Castle, England. Clockwise from bottom left, John W Stout, Alfred, George Henry and Frederick. Queen Mary, wife of King George V, heard about the sacrifice of the brothers and intervened to send the sixth, Willie, home. Robert 22, died first, in September 1916. George Henry, 26, died less than two months later. Frederick, 21, died in July 1917, while the eldest, 37-year-old John William Stout — who had their mother’s maiden name because she was not yet married when he was born — died in October 1917. The fifth son, Alfred, died in July 1918. The mother’s grief was apparently more than the vicar’s wife could bear. She wrote to Queen Mary about the deaths of Margaret’s five sons and how she had a sixth son still at war. Although he suffered from the effects of being gassed, once home, Willie worked as a chimney sweep and a stone mason. "Saving Private Smith"
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Wall Street, New York City, 1918 In this photo, Douglas Fairbanks raises a vertical Charlie Chaplin in the air, at the foot of the old Sub-Treasury building (now Federal Hall National Memorial), during a rally to promote Liberty bonds. Liberty bonds were sold to help support the United States World War I effort. A year before this in 1917, Fairbanks and Mary Pickford joined Charlie Chaplin in selling war bonds by train across the United States. At the time, Fairbanks and Chaplin were the highest paid movie stars in Hollywood. Douglas Fairbanks, nicknamed "The King of Hollywood", was born on May 23, 1883 and died on December 12, 1939.
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A photo of the South Wales borderers - front line duty Flanders, France
Added Oct 19, 2014 by: Kevin Moss
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In a remarkable example of wartime honesty, Capt Robert Campbell, 29, kept his promise to the Kaiser by returning to the German prison, a historian has discovered. The soldier promised to return to POW camp after a visit with dying Mom. Capt Campbell had languished in the Magdeburg prisoner of war camp for two years when he received word that his mother, Louise Campbell, had cancer and was close to death. He wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II, begging to be allowed home to visit her one final time. And incredibly, the German leader granted his request, allowing him two weeks leave, including two days traveling each way by boat and train, as long as he returned. The only bond he placed on him was Capt Campbell's “word” as an Army officer. The young soldier returned to his family home in Gravesend, Kent, in December 1916 and spent time with his mother before returning to the camp, where he was held until the war ended in 1918.
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Added Mar 15, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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A photo of Australian WWI soldier Arthur Goodwin and son. Like father, like son.
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Added Feb 23, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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My Dad Robert E. Harris with his friends Roby Bare, Rush McKinney, my Dad is driving the car.
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A photo of Dennis Ellis - Denny is shown with a Navy work party during WWI.
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Added May 26, 2013 by: Mary Vail
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A photo of Cpl Seth Ernest Kyle - Seth was a farmer from Lucy, Shelby County, Tennessee. He was killed in action October 19, 1918 near Brandyville, France.
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Added Apr 15, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
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This is a commercially published, mass produced postcard. The verse at the bottom reads: Le devoir a son temps, l'amour égalemant: Acceptez ce bouquet d'un parfait combattant. (Translation by Google) Duty has its time, love also: Accept this bouquet of a perfect fighter. A soldier evidently bought this as a souvenir and mailed it home. Handwritten on the back: "A good picture of a French soldier as they appear while on furlough."
Added Sep 28, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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A photo of Ray Cortland Cyrus Young in Co. H. 331st Infantry
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Oct 12, 1894 - Nov 27, 1954 1894 - 1954
Added Jul 28, 2015 by: Barrett Young
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Caption reads: Unexploded bomb. Nancy, France.
This unknown soldier appears to be wearing a "doughboy" uniform. He could be American or French. I don't have knowledge on this subject. If anyone knows, please feel free to correct me on this.
A "real photo" postcard of Glenwood Francis Wooldridge in his World War I uniform. Photo found at an antique store in Texas. "Glenwood Woolridge - B - Batt."
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Jul 28, 1893 - Mar 31, 1977 1893 - 1977
Added Sep 2, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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A photo of Armistice Day in Indianoplis, Indiana (Banner reads: To Hell with Kaiser BIll - We Made You Take a Bitter Pill)
Added Feb 5, 2018 by: Andy Scott
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John Edward William Samuelswas the husband of my first cousin once removed, her name Florence Beatrice Samuels nee Powell 1890-1930. Her husband John was killed at the Battle of the Somme, Flanders, France. The Battle of the Somme also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916. John was a bombadier in the Royal Field Artillery. He recieved the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal. His body was never found. Florence later married his brother George Sidney Samuels in 1922. She had one child with John, Florence and 4 with George.
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1889 - 1916 1889 - 1916
Added Nov 14, 2014 by: Ken Jeffries
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Lyman Casteel on a WWI postcard. No date or location offered by the submitter.
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This is a photo of my great-grandfather taken between 1910-1917 in a uniform I cannot identify (Poland, Germany, or Austria I suspect).
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Jan 22, 1892 - Unknown 1892 - ?
Ed F. and Fred E. Tyree were born 7 July, 1897 in Bedford, Lawrence Co, Indiana to Robert H. and Rebecca Tyree. They had four other brothers, John I., Joseph L., Ralph B., and Cloudy C., and three sisters, Nora Ellen, Nancy J. "Nannie", and Edith C. Ed and Fred both served in World War I, but only Ed served overseas. He was in the Argonne Forest Campaign in France and was gassed with, it is believed, mustard gas. Ed married Iona Quackenbush and Fred married Vonnie Virginia Pierce.
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Jul 7, 1897 - August 1963 1897 - 1963
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