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One hundred years ago a terrible conflict enveloped Europe, claiming the lives of millions. Over the next four years we will be remembering the First World War, bringing you the stories of the sacrifices of our troops, how life was here on the home front and how our county is commemorating the centenary. We also want to hear your stories, whether it is events now to mark the Great War or stories about your relatives' service. Please contact us via the Tell Us Your Stories button on the navigation bar above.

A look back at summer 1914: All kinds of products were still on sale

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

IT WAS business as usual for Oxford shops as war approached. The summer sales were coming to an end and shop managers were keen to extract those last few coppers from housewives’ purses to fill their tills.

A look back at summer 1914: War inevitable but county life carries on regardless

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE people of Oxfordshire were determined not to let the threat of war in 1914 disrupt their normal way of life. There was a full cricket programme, with teams competing for the Telegraph and Airey Cups, while Oxford City took on the mayor, Alderman the Rev W Sherwood, and the Corporation at bowls.

A look back at summer 1914:

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHAT was life like as war approached in 1914? By all accounts, people were determined to carry on as usual.

Town is all set to remember each one of its 82 local heroes

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE names of 82 men on a town’s war memorial will be read out before a church service to mark the First World War’s centenary.

Student nurse Inspired to go higher by Great War heroine Edith Cavell

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

IT was an act of selfless heroism that symbolised the qualities that still endear nurses to the British people.

Recalling brave young men who went to war

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A NEW exhibition at Charlbury Museum charts the lives of young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Mark McKay reports

Schoolchildren create a giant poppy with pride

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Saturday 5th July 2014

SOLDIERS and suffragettes invaded a school as pupils learned what life was like on the Western Front and the Home Front during the First World War.

Family myth helps mum print book

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MOST stories about our grandfathers might inspire fond memories.

From Downing Street to trenches of Flanders

Oxford Mail: Mike Webb, who has curated the exhibition, with his accompanying book From Downing Street to the Trenches

5:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

AS THIS year’s centenary of the First World War loomed, staff at the Bodleian Library realised they had a duty to mark the anniversary.

Giving tech-savvy teens an insight into life in wartime

Oxford Mail: Nikky Arding, Diz Majores and David Noble, with a life-sized cutout of Walter Carter

7:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

WALTER Carter just updated his Facebook status: “Imagine wars being fought in the sky… that would be a thrill.”

New military museum engages children's attention

Oxford Mail: Tristan Mattews, 11, plays with a traditional toy at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

6:30am Thursday 19th June 2014

PLAYING with the traditional toy of a wooden cup and ball, Tristan Matthews learns about the First World War.

Casting off becomes act of remembrance

Oxford Mail: From left, Mary Muncey, Emma Henderson, Jackie Flynn, Clive Dudley and Nicola Dudley

3:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

PEOPLE usually wear paper poppies as an act of remembrance, but this year they will be able to buy wool ones.

Anger as thieves raid memorial plot in Witney

Oxford Mail: From left, Guides’ members Lyn Goodall, Denise Parrott and Margaret Fleetwood at Tower Hill cemetery where shrubs have been stolen from memorial to those who fell in the First World War   	               Picture: OX67768 Mark Hemsworth

3:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

THIEVES who stole shrubs from a garden commemorating fallen soldiers have no respect, say the volunteers behind the memorial.

‘Can you help identify our unknown soldier?’

Oxford Mail: Brian Crossland, chairman of the Carterton Community Centre, is trying to find out about a WW1 soldier, P A Harris, who was one of eight Carterton solidiers who died in the First World War

7:30am Friday 30th May 2014

ONLY his name is known to the community who want to honour a brave First World War soldier. Despite his service acknowledged on the town’s war memorial, Carterton residents know nothing else about P A Harris.

How Oxford University academic solved a war poet puzzle

Oxford Mail: Professor John Stallworthy

6:00pm Friday 23rd May 2014

HE PENNED his first poem as a seven-year-old pupil at Oxford’s The Dragon School.

Help turn our county into a sea of poppies to remember the fallen

Oxford Mail: Growing their poppy seeds at Headington Prep School are pupils, left to right, Anna Mattocks, 10, Ella Palin, 11, and Aoife Soni, 11

5:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

THE red poppy has long since been the symbol of remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Grave restoration project will commemorate WWI heroes

Oxford Mail: Keith Brooks at his grandfather's grave at Rose Hill Cemetery         Picture: OX66794 Ed Nix

7:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

VICTORIA Cross hero Edward Brooks’ Oxford grave will benefit from a £100,000 nationwide restoration project.

War heroes’ exploits brought to life

Oxford Mail: Peter Smith with the medals awarded to L/Cpl James Daniel Iles

11:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HEROES of the First World War from an Oxfordshire village are remembered in a new exhibition.

Funds offered to remember the Great War

Oxford Mail: west oxfordshire district council

10:10pm Friday 21st March 2014

Community groups in West Oxfordshire can apply for funding to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Exhibition armed with personal tales of war

Oxford Mail: Museum curator Ruth Howard. Picture: OX65714 Antony Moore

7:30am Saturday 8th March 2014

ALTHOUGH it looks strange to our eyes, this prosthetic arm has a poignant history.

Book tribute to town's role in war

Oxford Mail: Julian Dancer

7:20am Monday 3rd March 2014

BANBURY’S role in the First World War will be commemorated in a new book and the author is looking for contributions.

Tragic death of a rugby superstar

Oxford Mail: Ronald Poulton Palmer scores against France

2:20pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Reg Little tells the story of Ronald Poulton Palmer, one of the rugby greats of his day

Oxford dictionary needs YOU to find origins of WW1 words

Oxford Mail: Kate Wild, senior assistant editor at the OED, wants information about words from the Great War.  Picture: OX65234 Antony Moore

8:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014

NEXT time you are staring at a plate of bangers and mash try to imagine something much less appetising – Zeppelin bombers overhead.

Warriors of Blenheim recalled at Great War exhibition

Oxford Mail: The curator of the exhibition Karen Wiseman pictured arranging the uniform of a 2nd Lieutenant of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC)

5:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

IT’S one of England’s finest tourist attractions. But few people are aware of the role Blenheim Palace in Woodstock played in wartime. Matt Oliver went along to its new exhibition A Great Estate at War: Land, Sea and Air to find out more

Couple want to return lost medal to family of veteran

Oxford Mail: William Gale with the medal awarded to driver Edward Sulston

6:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

A COUPLE who found a medal belonging to a First World War veteran are now trying to return it to its rightful owner.

Bizarre twists of fate led to identity of honoured soldier

Oxford Mail: Sally Barton and Chris Nevin with the medal belonging to William Boor. Pictures: OX65183 Leah McLaren

8:30am Wednesday 19th February 2014

IT was dug up almost 40 years ago in grandfather Alan Francis’ garden.

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