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Imperial War Museum photograph Q57148. 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards transport on the march from Bruges to Ostend, 8 October 1914. This move was made in order to cover the landing of the 3rd Cavalry Division, which had left Southampton on 7th October and was to disembark at Ostend. The landing had to be covered, as reports were received that large German forces had concentrated at Lille and were moving westward Photpgrapher was Sgt Christopher Pilkington.

Researching soldiers



How to research a soldier's story. Understand their life in the army. Find out where they went and how they fought.
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Researching the Army



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Researching the Battles



The British Army fought in numerous theatres of war during WW1, and in each of them a number of battles and engagements took place. Find out what and when, who took part and what happened.Click for more

Battlefields and legacy


Where were the battlefields of the Great War? What are they like today? What is the best way of visiting them?
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