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The First World War: Personal Connections

The First World War had an enormous impact on the lives of those who survived it and also upon their families. To mark Remembrance Day in November 2015, the Parliamentary Archives has put on a small display in the House of Lords, in which current and former members of the House of Lords remember family members who fought in the war and share personal possessions.

First World War display case
The First World War: Personal Connections display, House of Lords, Nov 2015

 

Helmet worn by Charles Oswald Frewen Jenkin
Helmet worn by Charles Oswald Frewen Jenkin, father of Lord Jenkin of Roding. Lent by Lord Jenkin of Roding.

 

My father was a 1st Lieutenant in the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, the regiment which he had joined in 1914. His battalion was fighting on the Western Front and had been ordered over the top in the Battle of the Somme into a hail of machine gun fire.  He was not actually wounded, but there is little doubt that the helmet, which as the hole testifies deflected the shot, saved his life.  Lord Jenkin of Roding.

 

My father was in the Cambridgeshire regiment in World War I and spent much of the war in the Ypres area including in the trenches.  He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 for an incident recorded in the book of the history of the Cambridgeshire regiment. Baroness Quin.

Items belonging to Basil Godfrey Quin, father of Baroness Quin.
Items belonging to Basil Godfrey Quin, father of Baroness Quin.  Call to service certificate; gun holster; trench maps; Christmas card; report book showing promotions; service medals; Western Front at a Glance publication; Platoon and Company Drill publication; sewing wallet.

 

Drawing by Gunner Edmund Crisp, grandfather of Lord Crisp. Lent by Lord Crisp.
Drawing by Gunner Edmund Crisp, grandfather of Lord Crisp. Lent by Lord Crisp.

Edmund Crisp was a commercial artist before the war and did drawings and maps for the Royal Field Artillery after joining up in 1915. He kept a small sketchbook throughout the war. Lord Crisp

The display will be in the Norman Porch, House of Lords, from November 2015 to February 2016.  Visitors to Parliament will be able to view it on tours.

You can find out more about Parliament and the First World War on the Parliament website, and follow @ParliamentWW1 on Twitter to mark events in Parliament 100 years to the day.

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