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SSAFA: Lest We Forget

Join SSAFA, the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity, and its celebrity ambassadors, keeping the Nation’s history alive

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This year commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the most significant moments in British history – the end of World War One.  

To mark the centenary, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and its celebrity ambassadors have come together to call on the public to help keep the nation’s history alive by sharing their family stories and photos from The Great War.

The campaign is in response to recent research commissioned by SSAFA which found that people aged 18 to 36 (often called Millennials) have very little knowledge of World War One and the devastating events that surrounded it, compared to previous generations.

As Millennials are the first generation who may not have known a family member who lived or fought during the Great War, it is perhaps not surprising they have a limited knowledge of the war, compared to their older relatives.

SSAFA is appealing for family stories to be shared via ssafa.org.uk/world-war-100 in the hope to receive at least 1,000 family memories by the end of 2018 so nobody ever gets forgotten.

Celebrities including Antony Cotton, Helen McCrory, Joanna Lumley, Dame Kelly Holmes, Fleur East and Dan Snow have come together to share their stories and photographs in support of the SSAFA campaign.

What does SSAFA do?

SSAFA was set up in 1885. It was the only national Armed Forces charity in operation during World War One. At the outbreak of the war, the Government called on SSAFA to take care of the families of soldiers going to the Front Line. SSAFA was there for our Armed Forces and their families then, and is still here for them now.

The charity provides practical and emotional support to service and ex-service men and women and their immediate dependants who are in need.

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Photos: Supplied by SSAFA and used with permission.

Helen McCrory's Great-Grandfather

Albert Lionel Bradbeer

Helen McCrory's maternal great-grandfather

Read Albert's story
Antony Cotton with the photo of his mystery relative

The Unknown Soldier

Antony Cotton's mystery relative who he believes is his maternal great-grandfather

Read Antony's story