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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Lives of the First World War

Exciting news today for genealogists and historians researching World War One! The Imperial War Museum and brightsolid, the online publishing and technology arm of publishing group DC Thomson, are working in partnership to create Lives of the First World War.  This innovative and interactive digital platform is in honour of the First World War centenary next year.

Lives of the First World War will become a permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth, and will be an amazing digital legacy for future generations.

You can watch a short film here about the new digital platform, and find out how to get involved here.  When the site goes fully live, people will be able to upload images and stories about their WWI ancestors. Even if you don't have a family connection, volunteers will be needed to help with checking/transcribing/indexing records.

Photo montage, 'Lives of the First World War'.
WWI pilots ( IWM E(AUS)2661).
Private W. C. Tickle. His mother's handwritten note on the photograph (taken a few days before his death) describes him as "One of the very best". Pte Tickle is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. (IWM HU 93549).

All images © IWM.


Southerner said...

Hi Sue this sounds amazing. A great uncle of mine, who was in the Civil Service Rifles, died in the last month of the war in Aveluy Woods during the Second Battle of The Somme,the great German push. The Civil service, being the Civil Service, have all their records meticulously kept. A book has already been written about them.They also have a website with many pictures and documents relating to individuals and the two Civil Service Service Regiments that were formed.
I'd love to see whether all that information is accessed for this project.

All the best,

Sue Wilkes said...

Hi Tony,
Hopefully more info will be available when the website goes live - I think the idea is that people will be able to share stories about their WW1 ancestors as well as finding out more about the war.