Today is the 100 years anniversary of the start of the first world war on the 4th August 1914 the British empire declared war on Germany and her allies. Over the next four years there will be many different anniversaries from the battlefields of Belgium and France and many other areas of conflict throughout the world that took place between 1914 and 1918 making this the first world wide war. The battle of Mons in August 1914 was the first battle of the war and many thought the conflict would be over by Christmas 1914,little did they realise the future horrors of the Western front for all involved in the trench warfare that developed after the battle of the Marne September 1914 and the race to the sea. As collectors of this period in time we must try to remember the the pain and suffering that affected family's throughout the world in the first world war and remember them with honour. I like many other collectors have family members buried in France and Belgium from the conflict of 1914-1918 and for me was one of the reasons i started collecting military items from this period and i hope the future anniversary's over the next four years will encourage new collectors to this area of military collectibles. On my contacts page you will find a picture of my great uncle Percy Millard's headstone at the Ecoivres military cemetery Mont-st Eloi.