Data Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The primary source of names is records from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). As of 29th January 2023 the site contains records for 1,080,333 casualties.

Lives of the First World War

Of 1,080,333 total records, 879,413 (81.4%) have now been linked to their Life Story on the Lives of the First World War archive. Lives of the First World War was a large volunteer led crowdsourcing project coordinated by Imperial War Museums during the First World War centenary.

The project allowed users to connect records through communities, and to add stories about each individual. Currently 163,924 community links and 265,691 stories have been added, enhancing 62,668 of the connected records.

Locations

All records are presented on the map at the location of the cemetery or site of commemoration, a total of 15,926 sites across 111 countries.

624,139 individuals have additional map locations based primarily on addresses extracted from the next of kin information provided in many (but not all) CWGC records. These are typically family addresses and there are currently 426,071 distinct locations across 191 countries.

Images

Images have currently been sourced from just three primary collections. If you are aware of futher collections which have clear, open licensing, and an easy way to connect them to specific casualties (ideally a CWGC link, but structured data containing eg name, regiment, service number and date of death may also be feasible to match) then please contact me at [email protected]

  • Lives of the First World War - 22,786 images
  • Imperial War Museum Bond of Sacrifice collection - 6,743 images
  • Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum - 2,189 images
  • Imperial War Museum Womens War Work collection - 2 images
  • Other - 1 images

External links

Additional links directly related to specific individuals have been added to many records, providing further context and sources for research. I am regularly adding new sources and welcome suggestion of further sites which have eg biographies and other records for specific casualties, ideally a with CWGC or Lives of the First World War link (but structured data containing eg name, regiment, service number and date of death may also be feasible to match). Please contact me at [email protected]

In addition, the site automatically displays links to the following sources:

  • For all records, a link to the corresponding entry on the Royal British Legion Everyone Remembered site
  • For any individual in an Australian regiment, matching records from the Australian War Memorial site
  • For any individual in an Canadian regiment, a link to search for matching records on the Library & Archives Canada site