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Faith was an integral part of day-to-day life at the outbreak of war. So perhaps it’s no surprise that soldiers, conscientious objectors, prisoners of war and those remaining at home, turned to the Bible to try to find meaning in extraordinarily difficult times.

They all read it differently and they all came to different conclusions. But, from the stories you’ll read here, there’s no doubt that these people were seeking solace, comfort and hope and turned to the Bible to try to find it. 

Bible ‘major support’ during Gallipoli campaign

Bible ‘major support’ during Gallipoli campaign

The Gallipoli campaign that began in April 1915 is often remembered as a sideshow to the fighting in France and Belgium. But tens of thousands of British, ANZAC and other Allied soldiers and sailors fought and died there in an attempt to open a sea r...

Soldier’s life saved at the Somme by his Bible

Soldier’s life saved at the Somme by his Bible

The life of 21-year-old British soldier, Pte Frank Viner, was saved at the Somme by his Bible.

‘Greater love hath no man than this’

‘Greater love hath no man than this’

As churches up and down the country mark Remembrance Sunday, many will gather at war memorials as they have done for nearly 100 years.

Grief and comfort: one war memorial’s story

Grief and comfort: one war memorial’s story

Of the 200 men from Ledbury, in Herefordshire, who fought in World War One, 85 did not return.

The bell ringer who died at the Somme

The bell ringer who died at the Somme

David Evan-Owens’s life revolved around church. He was a stonemason, working at local churches and chapels in Herefordshire. In the evenings, his hobby was bell ringing at Ledbury Parish Church.

The man who saved others’ lives at Passchendaele

The man who saved others’ lives at Passchendaele

Cricket-loving Ronald Marchant was the youngest of four brothers from the village of Weald in Kent to sign up at the start of World War One.

Chaplain’s ‘place of exile’ near Gallipoli

Chaplain’s ‘place of exile’ near Gallipoli

A ‘place of exile’ and ‘awful loneliness’. That’s how Ernest Luce described his time serving as a YMCA chaplain on the Greek island of Lemnos during WW1.

Held as a prisoner of war for 4 years

Held as a prisoner of war for 4 years

Alfred Algar was a member of the Suffolk Regiment when war broke out. He was among the first to be sent to war, on 5 August 1914, the day after hostilities were announced.

The most read book is the New Testament

The most read book is the New Testament

If you want to know what the Bible really meant to soldiers at the front, you have to ask someone who was there. That person is the Revd Col John Esslemont Adams.

German U-boat man faced questions of faith in battle

German U-boat man faced questions of faith in battle

Firing torpedoes at a French ship from his U-boat was a turning point for Christian German soldier, Martin Niemoller.

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