On the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War we remember the combatants and civilians who died or suffered during that terrible conflict, as well as those soldiers who returned to pick up their lives – often bearing the scars both outside and within. During the lead-up to the anniversary a number of Academic IT Services projects (and their international partners) have digitised and crowdsourced materials for educational use. From one of those collections, here is the diary entry for 4th August 1914 by the young Vera Brittain. She writes about the international declarations of war and Sir Edward Grey’s speech in Parliament, and the enlistment of acquaintances in the reserves, as well as the implications for their families.
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