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This blog post was published under the 2010-2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Keeping the lights on across government during WW1

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Staff list from the V & A museum in 1917An often forgotten story of World War 1 is the role civil servants played.

Of course many went to war, but more importantly many played an unheralded but vital role keeping the fabric of country running, just by keeping the lights of government on.

The History of Government site explores how civil servants kept departments functioning during WW1, which staff were allowed to enlist and which were not, and touches on the problems faced by those who fought the war from their desks rather than the Western Front.

Find out more in 'They also served...'

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