Letter to a WW1 soldier

Article date
4 August 2014
Primary interest
Voluntary sector


Today, one hundred years after the start of the First World War, Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has chosen to commemorate the life of Edward Birchall, a WW1 soldier whose life experiences before and during the war led to a legacy that was used to set up an organisation for the promotion of voluntary services throughout the country.

In his letter to Edward Vivian Birchall, 1884-1916, Sir Stuart says:

I hope it would cause you pride to know that not only did you give your life to protect future generations whom you would never meet, you also helped to establish the voluntary sector in this country, allowing those generations the opportunity to give something for people they may never have met.

Read Sir Stuart’s short commentary about the legacy and the full letter here