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"The First World War: A Reflection of Sacrifice and Remembrance" In the heart of Birkenhead, at the Cammell Laird shipyard

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead BL22201_002

Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead BL22201_002
Cammell Laird & Co shipyard, Birkenhead. Interior view showing a bay in the engine shop. One of a series of photographs of Cammell Laird works. Bedford Lemere. June 1913

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Ceramic poppies forming the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to remember the Dead of

Ceramic poppies forming the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to remember the Dead of the First World War, Tower of London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Ceramic poppies forming the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to remember the Dead of

Ceramic poppies forming the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to remember the Dead of the First World War, Tower of London at dusk, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Your Country Needs You Recruitment 1914 1910s UK Lord Kitchener propaganda WW1 slogans

Your Country Needs You Recruitment 1914 1910s UK Lord Kitchener propaganda WW1 slogans patriotism Caxton Alfred Leete, Eric Field (Copywriter)

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead BL22201_011A

Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead BL22201_011A
Cammell Laird & Co shipyard, Birkenhead. Exterior view across the outer basin looking towards a ferry moored outside the Cammell Laird buildings

Background imageFirst World War Collection: England, London, Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by ceramic artist

England, London, Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Lizzie Ward (elephant) working for Thomas W. Ward, Sheffield, 1914

Lizzie Ward (elephant) working for Thomas W. Ward, Sheffield, 1914
From an original at Sheffield Libraries: s00066

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Preparations for the Easter (Dublin) Rising of 1916 Mary Spring Rice and Molly

Preparations for the Easter (Dublin) Rising of 1916 Mary Spring Rice and Molly Childers on the yacht Asgard bring guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers, July 1914

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Airco DH. 5

Airco DH. 5
Airco DH.5, built by Darracq Engineering, at Farnborough, 1917

Background imageFirst World War Collection: The Chaplain preaching at No. 2 Aeroplane Supply Depot, RAF Bahot, France, September 1918

The Chaplain preaching at No. 2 Aeroplane Supply Depot, RAF Bahot, France, September 1918
Rev James Rowland Walkley taking a service from the cockpit of a RAF F.E.2b, No. 2 Aeroplane Supply Depot, RAF Bahot, France, September 1918

Background imageFirst World War Collection: German U-boat, Hastings Beach BB88_07120

German U-boat, Hastings Beach BB88_07120
HASTINGS, EAST SUSSEX. People in rowing boats and on the beach, looking up at the German U-boat submarine, U-118, which ran aground on Hastings beach in February 1919

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Cyclops Works, Sheffield BL22301_010

Cyclops Works, Sheffield BL22301_010
Cammell Lairds Cyclops Ordnance Steel Tyre and Spring Works in Grimesthorpe, Sheffield. Men at work in the fettling shop, with huge components for ships

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Steel production, Barnsley BL22301_002

Steel production, Barnsley BL22301_002
Cammell Laird & Co, Penistone. Men at work in Cammell Lairds bessemer department, producing steel from pig iron. One of a series of photographs of Cammell Laird works. Bedford Lemere. August 1913

Background imageFirst World War Collection: The Red Cross 1910s USA rklf nurses ww1 itnt

The Red Cross 1910s USA rklf nurses ww1 itnt

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Highland Band at Paddington Station, 1915

Highland Band at Paddington Station, 1915
First contingent of GWR Regimental company of Railway Troops R.E headed by a Highland Band, June 18th 1915

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Stained glass depicting victims of the First World War, Semur-en-Auxois, Cote d Or

Stained glass depicting victims of the First World War, Semur-en-Auxois, Cote d Or, Burgundy, France, Europe

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Liverpool War Memorial CC73_02987

Liverpool War Memorial CC73_02987
Groups of people surrounding the First World War memorial in the Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Corporal Thomas Edward Rendle, VC. Probably 1915

Corporal Thomas Edward Rendle, VC. Probably 1915
Thomas Rendle (born Bedminster, Bristol on the 14th December 1884) with a dog, wearing his Victoria Cross medal. At the time of his award he was a bandsman in the 1st Battalion

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Russian Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 22nd September 1915

Russian Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 22nd September 1915
Two ladies collecting at the top of Lemon Street, by the Barrack Lane turning, for Russian Flag Day. A man sits on a motorbike. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Mess room of No. 16 Ambulance train, March 1915

Mess room of No. 16 Ambulance train, March 1915
No.16 Ambulance train was built at Swindon Works in 1915 and was paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. It was equipped with patient beds, a pharmacy and treatment rooms

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Cenotaph DP180281

Cenotaph DP180281
The Cenotaph national war memorial, Whitehall, Westminster, London. Cenotaph with Spectra, a temporary installation by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda in the background. Night time view from north

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Bootle War Memorial DP175404

Bootle War Memorial DP175404
War Memorial South of Balliol Road junction, Stanley Road, Bootle, Merseyside.Erected around1920 with figures signed M. Manenti

Background imageFirst World War Collection: No. 16 ambulance train ward carriage, April 1915

No. 16 ambulance train ward carriage, April 1915
Built at Swindon Works in 1915 and paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. The ward carriages had a three tier folding bunk system that allowed patients to be either sat up or lying

Background imageFirst World War Collection: SS Africa at Tilbury Docks, September 1915

SS Africa at Tilbury Docks, September 1915
A British cargo ship used to transport GWR built ambulance carriages to France during WW1. It was sunk on 16th September 1915 by a German mine off the coast of Kent

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Lady and soldier on Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 18th October 1916

Lady and soldier on Flag Day, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 18th October 1916
Collecting day for " Our Lady". The soldier is a sergeant in the 14th (County of London) Battalion, London Scottish Regiment

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Are we Downhearted? No! Not at Bognor

Are we Downhearted? No! Not at Bognor
World War One postcard featuring a wounded soldier, in hospital blues, convalescing in Bognor. Additional Manuscripts Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: AM 781/2/96

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Hornchurch, 1915 BB88_07119

Hornchurch, 1915 BB88_07119
HORNCHURCH, Havering, London. The 1st Sportsmens Battalion of the 23rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, possibly marching to war. Photographed in 1915. Howarth-Loomes Collection

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead BL22201_003

Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead BL22201_003
Cammell Laird & Co shipyard, Birkenhead. Interior view showing men working in the ship shed. One of a series of photographs of Cammell Laird works. Bedford Lemere. June 1913

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Front cover of The Cinque Ports Gazette, May 1916

Front cover of The Cinque Ports Gazette, May 1916
A monthly journal of the 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, in France Royal Sussex Regiment Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: RSR MS 5/87

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Taxis with banner We are enlisting for the war BL22698

Taxis with banner We are enlisting for the war BL22698
Taxis outside the a offices at Fanum House, Westminster, London. Motor cars, each with the banner We are enlisting for the war

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Cunard Shell Works BL_24001_09

Cunard Shell Works BL_24001_09
CUNARD SHELL WORKS, Bootle, Sefton, Merseyside. Women manufacturing shell casings, 1917. Bedford Lemere

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen, three distinctive mountain peaks in the Sexten

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen, three distinctive mountain peaks in the Sexten Dolomites seen from WW1 cave shelter, South Tyrol, Italy, October 2019

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Mrs Morse (left) with Lady Falmouth lecturing on the Cornwall Work Auxiliary

Mrs Morse (left) with Lady Falmouth lecturing on the Cornwall Work Auxiliary (part of the Red Cross), Truro. April 1917
The tour opened in Penzance on 14 April 1917 but the photograph was presumably taken later in the month at Truro. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station, 1919

Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station, 1919
A shot capturing the last servicemen to be offered refreshments at the Soldiers and Sailors Free Buffet at Paddington Station on 28th June 1919

Background imageFirst World War Collection: No. 16 Ambulance train at Rushy Platt, Swindon 1915

No. 16 Ambulance train at Rushy Platt, Swindon 1915
No.16 Ambulance train was built at Swindon Works in 1915 and was paid for by the United Kingdom Flour Millers Association. It was equipped with patient beds, a pharmacy and treatment rooms

Background imageFirst World War Collection: WORLD WAR I (1914-1918). Poster USA BONDS Third Liberty Loan Campaign'

WORLD WAR I (1914-1918). Poster USA BONDS Third Liberty Loan Campaign"
World War I (1914-1918). Poster USA Bonds Third Liberty Loan Campaign. Boy Scouts of America (1917), by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951). Edited by the government of the United States

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Himmel The All-Highest has the truth spoken - the worst is behind us. German

Himmel The All-Highest has the truth spoken - the worst is behind us. German infantry retreating in panic before Allied infantry supported by tanks

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Queen Alexandra at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, July 3rd, 1915, where

Queen Alexandra at the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough, July 3rd, 1915, where she named four of the aeroplanes furnished by the Overseas Club to the Royal Flying Corps. July 3rd, 1915

Background imageFirst World War Collection: World War I first-aid station, artwork

World War I first-aid station, artwork
World War I first-aid station. Artwork showing stretcher-bearers and wounded soldiers arriving at a first-aid station during the First World War (1914-1918)

Background imageFirst World War Collection: First World War Vimy Canadian Memorial, near Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, Nord-Picardiy

First World War Vimy Canadian Memorial, near Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, Nord-Picardiy, France, Europe

Background imageFirst World War Collection: First World War surveillance kite

First World War surveillance kite. US soldier being lifted up by a surveillance kite during the First World War (1914-1918)

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Female stewardess, 1917

Female stewardess, 1917
A Dining Car Waitress in her crisp white apron stands in the doorway of dining car No. 9546 on Platform 2, Paddington Station in 1917

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Stained glass window of First World War veterans praying, Mont-Dol chapel, Mont-Dol

Stained glass window of First World War veterans praying, Mont-Dol chapel, Mont-Dol, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France, Europe

Background imageFirst World War Collection: War graves near Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey, Europe

War graves near Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey, Europe

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Wounded soldiers and nurses CC002807

Wounded soldiers and nurses CC002807
Great Dixter, Garden, Northiam, Great Dixter, Rother, East Sussex. Red Cross staff, recuperating soldiers and members of the Lloyd family in the gardens of Great Dixter, Northam

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Royal Naval Memorial Southsea DP173359

Royal Naval Memorial Southsea DP173359
The Royal Naval War Memorial, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Memorial passage CC46_00322

Memorial passage CC46_00322
Cheltenham College, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Interior view of the fan-vaulted passage connecting the chapel to the main school building

Background imageFirst World War Collection: Memorial chapel CC46_00285

Memorial chapel CC46_00285
Dean Close School, Chapel, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The chapel was built as a memorial to former pupils who were killed in the First World War




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"The First World War: A Reflection of Sacrifice and Remembrance" In the heart of Birkenhead, at the Cammell Laird shipyard, the BL22201_002 stands as a testament to the industrial might that fueled the war effort. This shipyard became a hub of activity, constructing vessels that would sail into battle. Across Europe, ceramic poppies formed an awe-inspiring installation known as "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at London's Tower. Each delicate flower represented a life lost in this devastating conflict. As dusk settled over the city, it served as a poignant reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Recruitment propaganda echoed throughout 1910s UK with Lord Kitchener's iconic "Your Country Needs You" slogan urging young men to enlist. These powerful messages stirred patriotism and duty among citizens during these tumultuous times. The Vindictive at Zeebrugge in 1918 (1919), captured by artist Charles John De Lacy, immortalized one daring naval operation amidst countless others. It symbolizes bravery and determination exhibited by those who fought on land and sea. Amidst all this chaos, love found itself entangled with duty in "Twixt Love and Duty, " painted in 1914. The painting encapsulates how personal lives were affected by global events - torn between loyalty to country or loved ones left behind. Even animals played their part; Lizzie Ward, an elephant working for Thomas W. Ward in Sheffield during 1914 showcased how every sector contributed towards supporting troops fighting overseas. Advancements in aviation technology brought forth aircraft like Airco DH. 5 which revolutionized aerial warfare tactics during WWI - forever changing military strategies employed on both sides of the conflict. "Our Little Contemptibles, " depicted through oil on canvas artwork from 1914 portrays soldiers marching forward against insurmountable odds with unwavering determination.