Letter from the perspective of a First World War Darwen soldier

Published August 5, 2014 at 15:58

A letter written by a professional soldier, George Newsholme from Darwen, at the outbreak of the First World War, gives a real insight into the mood at the time, and the mood as Britain entered the conflict.

George’s great nephew , Edmund reads extracts from the letter which George wrote to his Brother and Sister from his regiments base in Aldershot.

George talks about the “astounding news” of war being declared, and how it was “now for all or nothing”.

Steve Irwin from Blackburn Museum also talks about Georges experience during the First World War itself.

You can listen to the podcast here: 

You can visit Blackburn Museum and see various items from the First World War, alongside other exhibits, on Wednesday to Saturday 12pm until 4.45pm

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