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Collar the lot! Britain’s policy of internment during the Second World War

Seventy-five years ago today, the SS Arandora Star was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic en route to Newfoundland. How did this tragedy happen and why were the foreign nationals onboard classed as ‘enemy aliens’ being transported to Canada…

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Tracing your ancestors – women in the military services during the First World War

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