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Living History to Remember

On War Service is a group of friends and history enthusiasts who have spent many years involved in living history groups. We are a family-friendly, not-for-profit group representing soldiers, nurses, war workers and civilians.

We offer the opportunity to learn about life at the front, in hospitals, in munitions factories, on farms and at home. We attend a wide range of local and national events to bring to life the history of ordinary people who served in the First World War.


On War Service will be participating in these events in 2021 pending national guidance regarding the Covid-19 situation

3-4 Apr 2021Four free on-line presentations (Talks 1-4) hosted by the Devil’s Porridge Museum
10-11 Apr 2021Five free on-line presentations (Talks 5-9) hosted by the Devil’s Porridge Museum
25-27 Jun 2021Chalke Valley History Festival, Broadchalke, Nr. Salisbury, Wilts. SP5 5DP
20-22 Aug 2021Hay 75 WW2 Remembered, Hay on Wye, Brecknockshire, Welsh Borders
11-12 Sep 2021Winsford Cottage Hospital, Beaworthy, Devon
18 Sep 2021Enham Alamein, Andover, Hampshire

Please click on the buttons below for more information on upcoming events

Hay on Wye

Hay on Wye

Brecknockshire, Welsh Borders

Open to the public

20-22 Aug 2021

Winsford Cottage Hospital

Winsford Cottage Hospital

Beaworthy, Devon

Open to the public

11-12 Sep 2021

Enham Alamein

Enham Alamein

Andover, Hampshire

Open to the public

18 Sep 2021


Event support

Our members are available for local and national events. We provide displays, give talks to groups and schools, do media work and participate in commemorative activities.

We are all enthusiasts who are happy to provide advice on many aspects of the First World War and associated family history.

We hold public liability insurance, and provide a full risk assessment for our activities.

Contact us to discuss how we can support your event.

Join Us

As a group we aim to be as accurate as possible in our portrayals. This will require anyone joining us to invest time in research, and money to acquire the right clothing and personal equipment. Other than that, we just want enthusiastic historians (novices or experienced) to join the team.

The first stage is to contact us on the e-mail below and chat to one of our team. Or come and visit us at an event.

Please note that we are not able to hire out uniforms or equipment. Our uniforms are made to measure and most of the equipment is original so will not be loaned out.

Email: admin@onwarservice.org.uk
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