| 30 Nov 2021
BBC Local Radio to air stories of World War One again

MUMBAI: Stories of World War One will be back on BBC on 4 August. This time BBC’s ‘World War One At Home’ project will broadcast further 250 stories across every BBC Local Radio station and regional news bulletins in England, as well as on national networks in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This year is the hundredth anniversary of World War One which centred in Europe - began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. The broadcast will be aired across various stations from 4 to 11 August. The stories will also be added to the BBC World War One At Home website.

On 4 August, BBC Radio Lincolnshire will share the tragic story of the five Beechey brothers from Lincoln who were killed in World War One. The special project ‘Leaving Home’ was created with the help of the University of Lincolnshire.

Rudyard Kipling and his poems, which he wrote from his home in East Sussex, will be aired on BBC Sussex and Surrey. Kipling will be presented in a different light in this project.

BBC Radio Sheffield will play the story behind the life-saving moss which saved the lives of thousands of men returning from the trenches in World War One. Antiseptic qualities of the moss was the main reason, it was collected on an industrial scale by villagers across Britain, America and Canada. By the end of the War over a million pads a month were being made in the UK since, during the war, penicillin was not yet discovered.

BBC Radio Lancashire will narrate story of how Fleetwood’s fishing heritage turned to helping the war effort as soon as hostilities broke out in 1914.

Story of the first Indian to fly with the Royal Flying Corps, HS Malik will be featured on BBC Radio Oxford; and BBC Radio Bristol will feature the story of Beatrice Page, the West’s first female tram driver.

BBC Tees will recall the journey of the woman who survived the Titanic and was rescued from the naval hospital ship SS Rohilla which sank off the coast of Whitby in the early hours of 30 October 1914.

The stories will be linked to places across United Kingdom. The BBC has worked in partnership with Imperial War Museums and others, to bring the stories alive. It was developed with inputs from various universities across Britain and is supported by the Arts

and Humanities Research Council.