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Ellie’s visit to Kew National Archive

Picture of student Ellie standing at the entrance of The National Archives

Ellie at The National Archives

Over the Christmas break, due to my closer proximity to London, I was lucky enough to pursue Richard’s story through a trip to the National archives at Kew! It was a thoroughly interesting visit that not only developed my understanding of how an archive can be utilised effectively in research of this kind, but equally proved extremely fruitful in furthering our understanding about, not only Richard’s story, but the experiences of his widow Muriel after his death. It was therefore a somewhat unlikely outcome to the day but nevertheless one that has allowed us to perceive other potential outcomes for the project from the entirely new perspective of loss and those left behind.

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When we first started this project, we set out to research two historical figures: Richard Charles Graves-Sawle and Joseph Hunkin. We have decided to carry on focusing on only one of the stories – Graves-Sawle’s. Although Hunkin is equally interesting, we feel that we have retrieved more information on Graves-Sawle, and Hunkin has been slightly neglected. That is not to say that Hunkin did not play a role in the First World War, we just have not managed to piece together a great deal of his story. But perhaps future students (or anyone interested in his life) will do so…