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First World War (Commemoration)

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 26th June 2014.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice) 12:44 pm, 26th June 2014

I completely agree with my hon. Friend that this commemoration provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the very important social change that took place, and I will say more about that in a moment.

As I was saying, the story of the home front during the first world war is less well known. In my own Yorkshire region, hundreds of coal miners would die serving our country underground between 1914 and 1918. One personal hope that I therefore have for these centenary commemorations is that one day, there will be a fitting national memorial to recognise the debt we owe to everyone who contributed during the first world war here at home.