The story of Lieutenant-Colonel Mosse launches First World War website


A new interactive website is offering a wealth of information about the First World War.

A new interactive website is offering a wealth of information about the First World War. 

Created by the National Army Museum, the First World War in Focus site includes a digital world map with geo-tagged events of the War, an interactive and searchable timeline, and downloadable learning packs on a range of topics. 

Also available is a narrative of the War told by real soldiers’ accounts from the time, including previously unseen photographs, diary entries and audio accounts. 

The timeline links to the museum’s online collection in a bid to highlight “real objects” related to the events of the conflict.

The website will also be releasing individual soldier’s stories every month originating from different countries. The first of these is an Indian army office and Military Cross recipient, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Mosse, pictured above.

Originating from Sussex, Mosse was in London on the day war was declared, and his diary extract (also pictured) – accompanied by previously unseen photographs of Mosse from the museum’s collection – offers an insight into the feelings of a local, “everyday” soldier, reacting to the global events happening around him.

Janice Murray, director general of the National Army Museum, said: “The launch of First World War in Focus is hugely exciting for the museum, and will form a central pillar to our commemorative activity for the next four years. 

“Offering an interactive history of the War at the click of a mouse, the website is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for those looking to find out more about the conflict across the spectrum of themes and events. From academics, to schools and the general public, we’re thrilled to be able to offer such a comprehensive tool to mark the centenary.”

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