Data Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The primary source of names is records from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). As of 24th January 2022 the site contains records for 1,077,245 casualties.

Lives of the First World War

Of 1,077,245 total records, 878,756 (81.6%) 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 163,843 community links and 265,598 stories have been added, enhancing 62,636 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 15,907 sites across 111 countries.

624,218 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 426,141 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 - 22,770 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