First World War


1914 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.


Every week through to the signing of the Armistice – which came into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918 – the Comet has been retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline 100 years ago and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.


And each week between 2014 and 2018 the Comet has published digitalised editions of our local newspapers from that time, which can still be accessed through the archive below. We will remember them.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Looking back through the archives...

Click on the e-edition below to view our special war newspaper archive. A war-time edition will be released to coincide with our current week every Thursday. Adobe Flash Player required.

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Herts at War

Herts at War

Herts at War is a community led project to commemorate the diverse experiences of Hertfordshire during the First World War.

The project aims to uncover the untold stories of the county's men and women, both on the fighting front and the home front, and commemorate these individuals a century on from the conflict.



The Comet First World War Supplement


Click on the image on the left hand side to view our First World War Supplement

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  • The first airship shot down in WW1 was in Cuffley, Herts
  • Over 30 private homes in Herts were used as hospitals in WW1
  • 703 memorials to WW1 memorials can be found around the county
  • 23,285 names appear on war memorials in Hertfordshire
  • Over 200,000 wounded and sick servicemen were treated in Herts between 1914 and 1919.
  • Every major town in Hertfordshire lost at least one servicemen on 31st July 1917 at St Julien
  • Over 15,000 troops were billeted around the county during WW1

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