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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.

Disclaimer: On War Service is a non-political organisation.

Please click on the galleries below for more photographs of On War Service members at events.


On War Service will be participating in these events in 2024

6-7 Apr 2024No Man’s Land, Bodrhyddan Hall, Denbighshire, North Wales, LL18 5SB
20-21 Apr 2024International Living History Festival, Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, B60 4JR
4-5 May 2024WW1 Weekend, Pembrey Country Park, Burry Port, South Wales, SA16 0EJ
24-30 Jun 2024Chalke Valley History Festival, Chalk Farm, Nr. Salisbury, Wilts, SP5 5DP
13-14 Jul 2024WW1 Event, Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UB
2-4 Aug 2024WW1 Bringing the Boys Home, Kentwell Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9BA

No Man’s Land

Bodrhyddan Hall

Open to the public

6-7 April 2024

International Living History Festival

Living History Festival

Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

Open to the public

20-21 Apr 2024


World War 1 Weekend

Pembrey Country Park, South Wales

Open to the public

4-5 May 2024


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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