SSAFA - Lifelong support for our forces and their families

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World War One

At the outbreak of World War One, the Government called on SSAFA to take care of the families of soldiers going to the Front.

Our digitised records from 1914 tell a unique story about life on the Home Front.

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Supporting families on the Home Front

When war started, SSAFA recruited 50,000 volunteers to carry out our work. In 1914 alone, these volunteers helped over one million Forces family members across the UK and Ireland.

Back then, we believed that one of the best ways of supporting our Forces was by looking after their families.
We still believe this today.

SSAFA then and now

SSAFA on the Home Front

The vital welfare support which SSAFA's volunteers provided to Forces families is documented in our records from 1914.

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We're the only #military charity from #WW1 still going strong today. Mark the #centenary with us and learn about our work then and now. Tweets by Michael Ivatt.