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SSAFA detectives investigate stories of the First World War

13 October 2013

SSAFA detectives investigate stories of the First World War

Our volunteers ask for help from their communities to find clues about SSAFA's unique history of supporting the Home Front during the First World War.


SSAFA detectives investigate stories of the First World War

With a few weeks until the last Remembrance Sunday before the centenary of the First World War, SSAFA's volunteers have turned detective in their communities. Across the country our local teams are looking for clues to find out more about our charity's unique history - and they need your help!

SSAFA was one of the few military charities to provide care and support to our troops and their families during that terrible conflict. Back then, as now, SSAFA had teams of volunteers working locally to care for the wives and children of those sent to the front. We were also there to deal with the consequences when the men did not return.

Now our volunteers are seeking to discover more about the people SSAFA supported then to help us mark our contribution to the nation’s war effort. They have contacted local archives and written to local papers to ask their community for memorabilia, a diary or about a family connection to someone who received help from us or a volunteer during the Great War. By telling the stories of the SSAFA family back then, these pieces of history are invaluable for describing our work over the past 100 years to beneficiaries and supporters today.

Our volunteers can't solve the case without your help. If you have any information regarding SSAFA and the Great War then we're keen to hear from you.Find SSAFA near you to get in touch with your local team.