World War I

the great war

A film exploring the history of the Leicester Regiment at the Battle of The Somme


The Early Days - August to December 1914

Click here to read about the beginnings of The Great War.

The Battle of the Hohenzollern Redoubt

Read about the Attack by the 46th North Midland Division on the Hohenzollern Redoubt which took place on the 13th October 1915.

Click here to see the article.

World War I Centenary Events

Click here to view the programme of events and exhibitions called 'Leicester Remembers The Great War'

View the online version of the Highfields Library WWI exhibition by clicking here.

WWI Leicester Connections

Click here to read about WWI related memorials and commemorations that are happening in Leicester.

WWI Resources and Projects

Click here to find out about what learning projects are happening to commemorate WWI in Leicester. You can also see what resource packs are available to download to for your own WWI projects.

For Club and Country – Leicester Fosse Footballers

Remembering the Leicester Fosse players who fought and died during World War I

Some of the more unlikely heroes of the First World War were the footballers of the time, who bravely joined up and went off to war. As they left the hallowed turf of professional football pitches for the trenches of the front line in the First World War, football was changed forever.

Almost every team in the league today sent players to the front between 1914 and 1918 and many never returned.  Those that did were never the same again.

50 men who had played for Leicester Fosse (now Leicester City Football Club) saw active service during World War I. This short clip remembers those footballers who died.

Spearheaded by Sir Trevor Brooking, the National Football Museum and the Woodland Trust are launching a project to remember and commemorate these players. Every team and supporter in the English football league is being offered the chance to dedicate trees in team groves at the Woodland Trust’s First World War centenary wood at Langley Vale in Epsom. Everyone who does will be remembered in a roll of honour and each team will have a plaque at its grove at the site. 

For more about the project go to:

Captain JD Hills - Letters from the Front

Leicester City Arts & Museums Service, in collaboration with The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, is proud to present the First World War letters of Captain John David Hills of the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment.

This blog presents, for the first time, the complete archive of letters written by Captain Hills between 1915 and 1918. We will post the letters on this blog 100 years to the day after they were written, starting on 26 February 2015 and ending on 26 November 2018.

Click here to see the blog.