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by Jessica Meyer In a Twitter discussion sparked by the BBC’s screening of Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ in November, Greg Jenner quoted the statistic that nearly 90% of British servicemen returned home and that half of these were injured. The first statistic didn’t worry me. 88% is...

Posted by Jessica Meyer In her post last week on Active History, Brittany Dunn noted that, in their approach to the Canadian Board of Pension Commissioners, ‘ex-officers typically wanted to avoid dependence on the state, feeling it compromised their status as self-sufficient providers.’  The records of the Ministry of Pensions...

Posted by Bethany Rowley Set on the banks of the River Aire in Leeds, West Yorkshire, are the ruins of a Medieval Cistercian abbey. This is known as Kirkstall Abbey and was first founded by Cistercian monks in 1152. It was in these beautiful surroundings that I was lucky enough...