The Great War was truly global in its reach, the complex alliances of nations and their empires fell into place in 1914.
It was even predicted in 1906 that, “a war in Europe… must necessarily set the whole world ablaze”. This prophecy came true to many millions of men and women everywhere.
Men of every race, colour, creed and religion came from all the great cities and the smallest villages. They volunteered, were conscripted and sometimes, in the colonies even coerced, to join the great armies of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas to serve, fight, suffer and die, often thousands of miles from home.
Women paid a heavy price too; the hardship brought by the loss of their menfolk, husbands, sons and brothers. Women served in their own right also; as nurses, factory workers and in jobs vacated everywhere by the men now gone to fight.
Armistice and peace in 1918 may have ended the fighting but it did not end the suffering – the loss and grief felt as a result of the many millions who had perished.