World War I Centenary

Leicester Remembers

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association, Leicester City Council and partners across the city are working together on a programme of events and exhibitions entitled Leicester Remembers the Great War.

The programme profiles the lives, times and individual stories of local soldiers during World War I (1914–1918) as well as life on the home front. This will be a commemoration of ordinary people and their extraordinary stories during a momentous period in history.

Find out more about local commemorative activities:

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J.D Hills portrait

Captain J.D. Hills - Letters from the Front

Over 200 letters sent home by a soldier serving in The Great War are being published 100 years to the day since they were written. You can read the letters at on the letters from the front website.

Leicester at War exhibition

Leicester at War

Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914; the next four years saw conflict unlike anything the world had seen before, characterised by stagnant trench warfare, deadly new weapons and huge losses.

For both local soldiers who went to the battlefront and for those who remained at home, the Great War had a huge impact. The Leicestershire Regiment would expand to nineteen battalions before the end of the conflict, which meant the ‘Tigers’ were represented at critical battles across the world.

As for life in the city, quickly after the outbreak of war local factories were busy supplying the armed forces. Within weeks of leaving, wounded men were returning to the cities hospitals.

For more detailed World War I historical information and resources please visit the Story of Leicester website.

Are you holding an event to commemorate the First World War? Send details of your event to info@visitleicester.info

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