100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

November 9, 2018

11 November 1918 - 11 November  2018

 

  
Reflect ... Consider ... Understand ... Remember 


The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography includes the stories of hundreds of men and women who shaped the course of the First World War, or whose lives were profoundly changed by the conflict.

In addition to those who served on the Western Front, the Oxford DNB includes those who took part in other campaigns—from the North Sea to the Middle East—as well as those who tended to the dead and injured. Many others are remembered for works of commemoration, in literature, architecture, or the creation of institutions such as the British Legion and the annual Poppy Appeal.

Here we offer a very brief selection by topic: click on a portrait to read on. Selected wartime lives are also available as episodes in the ODNB’s biography podcast.

Western Front | A world at war | Medicine & nursing | 
Commemoration | Listen to a life | ODNB reference themes

 

The Western Front

William Coltman Daniel Laidlaw Noel Chavasse Theodore HardyWilfred Owen

A world at war

Mir Dast John Kirkpatrick Alexander Godley John Cornwell

Medicine & nursing

Edith Cavell Elizabeth T'Serclaes William Rivers Muriel Thompson 

Commemoration

 Vera Brittain Patch, Allingham, and Stone Fabian Ware 

Listen to a life: the ODNB biography podcast


The ODNB’s biography podcast includes a selection of wartime lives, including:

ODNB reference themes

In the ODNB themes, you’ll find reference material on aspects of the 1914-18 conflict.

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