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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Each issue encourages you to:

  • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
  • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
  • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

In Remembrance
Although its aftershocks continue to be felt in conflicts across the world, World War One has often been in danger of becoming a forgotten war. Over the last four years, thanks to the centenary commemorations, that has changed.

Barely a week goes by when I’m not moved by reading about the brave, often quite ordinary men who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This issue includes some of their stories, from the regimental sergeant major who saved his men from a gas attack, to the Tommy whose discovery of a Bible in the mud led his family to connect with another on the other side of the world.

The British Empire lost more than one million troops through combat in WWI and a further quarter of a million on the home front in the Spanish Flu pandemic that followed. This issue we also look at a new exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum which will hopefully raise awareness of one of history’s deadliest pandemics, just as the centenary commemorations brought the sacrifices of World War One greater attention.

I was surprised to discover that Britain lost 484,000 warhorses in the conflict, with more shot or sold on after the fighting was over. We look too at the campaigning work of Dorothy Brooke, who ensured many brave equines ended their days in comfort. They also served.

For veterans and their families, comfort and support is often provided by the Royal British Legion, whose most visual of fundraising efforts is the sale of poppies. There are those who claim that wearing a poppy glorifies war, while there are others who judge an individual’s patriotism by whether they wear one or not. Both of these positions are wrong; you can quite perfectly respect the memories of our lost generations through quiet personal reflection as you could if you wore a suit made of the flowers. But whatever you do, please remember to give generously – and thoughtfully.