The great majority of the millions of casualties in the First World War were on the frontline - from the mud of Flanders to the trenches on the Somme. But sometimes civilians lost their lives too - right here in the West Midlands.
Giant airships - or zeppelins - flew over and dropped bombs. In one such air raid 35 people were killed and many more were injured when Wednesbury, Tipton and Walsall were attacked by mistake. Keith Wilkinson reports.
A harrowing account of life in the trenches during the First World War has been revealed - 100 years since they were first written.
People across the region have switched their lights off and lit candles, to honour those who fought for our freedom.
Our correspondent Steve Clamp has been researching his great grandfather who was fatally injured just days after reaching the front.