It is argued by many historians that the First World War changed the world and marked the start of modern history, leaving a legacy so vast that it still shapes our everyday lives today. It is perhaps hard to grasp, but it is a fact that every one of our parishioners, in giving their own lives, contributed to parts of that legacy.
So what does this legacy look like? Well, some everyday items which have their origins in the war include: passports, poppies, canned food, wristwatches, trench coats. Medical advances were made; plastic surgery was developed to deal with the vast number of disfigured soldiers; shell shock informed mental health treatment methods. The mechanisation of weaponry, use of technology, conscription, the horror of mass killing by poisonous gas and the effect of propaganda, all evolved in the war.
At home the emancipation of women came about quickly after war ended, as did Irish independence and the wider break-up of the British Empire. Worldwide, the borders of Europe and the Middle East were re-drawn and America began its rise to becoming a super power.