ALMOST every family lost a son, in nearly every street at least one house would be in mourning.

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in history, wit casualties put at more than 37million.

When Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, many reckoned it would all be over by Christmas. But over the next four years, ferocious battles including those of Gallipoli, the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele and the resulting loss of life brought the horror into every home.

This year marks the centenary of the start of the Great War and The Westmorland Gazette wants to tell the stories of the local reservists, territorials and the ordinary men on the street, who answered the call to arms.

If your grandfather or great grandfather fought in the war, The Westmorland Gazette wants to hear their story. If you have photographs of them or their regiments, we would like to share them with readers.

And if your grandmother told tales of how life was in the towns, villages and farms of the area with the menfolk gone, we want to know about it.

Send your stories or photographs and memories to allan.tunningley@kendal., or call 01539 710156.