World War I (WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global conflict centred on Europe that began on 28th July 1914 and ended on 11th November 1918. More than nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.

Sam Pearson served at Flanders towards the end of the war. 

The novels Christmas at Emmerdale and Spring Comes to Emmerdale are set during the conflict, detailing the lives of the residents in the village at the time.

The documentary series Emmerdale 1918, aired in 2018 to mark 100 years of the end of the war, saw six of Emmerdale's stars (Mark Charnock, Charlotte Bellamy, Natalie J Robb, Zoe Henry, John Middleton and Bhasker Patel) explore the lives of the real Yorkshire heroes from the village of Esholt - where the show was filmed from 1976 to 1998.

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