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05 August 2013

How did the Bible help your family during WW1?

How did the Bible help your family during WW1?

Next year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. This will doubtless be a time of much reflection and remembrance nationally so it is hoped that the Bible will have a place in these considerations too.

Delving back over Alliance member organisation the Bible Society's history has uncovered many records listing how they supported soldiers on the frontline.

Rachel Rounds, head of media for the Bible Society, said: "We have been heartened to read how much gratitude was shown for the gift of a Bible by the sick and wounded soldiers, by refugees, those held as prisoners of war and for the troops marching to the front. Over nine million Bibles were distributed through the war years – some pocket New Testaments, Gospels and Psalms.

"Bearing these vast numbers in mind, we are thinking there must be thousands of stories of Biblical significance in existence. Within your own family and homes there may be stories or heirlooms that you can unveil - particularly from those who served in or lived during the First World War."

Might you have a copy of the New Testament & Psalms from these times which has been left to your family? Maybe you have an account of the Bible's words bringing comfort or peace to a soldier in the trenches, or to a family member waiting at home?

The Bible Society would love to hear your stories about how the scriptures helped your family through the First World War.

If you're able, email contactus@biblesociety.org.uk and see more on their website.

Image by Bible Society/Clare Kendall