UPDATED: Lives of the First World War launches

By Jon Bauckham, 18 February 2019 - 1:59pm

Men and women of the First World War can now be remembered online following the launch of a ‘permanent digital memorial’

Lives of the First World War already contains basic details of 4.5 million people, but users are encouraged to fill in the gaps using their own research and stories passed down to them

UPDATE: 18 February 2019

Lives of the First World War has announced that the website will be closed from 12.01am on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

A Frequently Answered Questions page on the website says that after that date the website "will be redirected temporarily to a holding page" and a "permanent digital memorial" will be launched on the Imperial War Museums website in June 2019.

Requests for merges will be accepted until 5pm on Monday 11 March and requests for creating new stories will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 15 March.

 

 

 

Family historians can now commemorate their First World War ancestors online following the launch of a brand new web platform.

Lives of the First World War enables users to share photographs, letters and stories about people across Britain and the Commonwealth who were involved in the conflict.

To aid people’s discoveries, basic details of more than 4.5 million men and 40,000 women who served overseas with the British Army are already available to explore.

The database will eventually be expanded to include millions of additional record sets covering the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Forces and information concerning almost 17,000 conscientious objectors.

However, the majority of these records only provide the names of each individual. Users are encouraged to fill in the gaps and provide a more rounded picture of their ancestors’ wartime experiences using their own research and stories passed down to them.

The web platform is the result of a collaboration between Imperial War Museums (IWM) and DC Thomson Family History.

While the full version of the website went live this morning, family historians were able to see an exclusive preview at the annual Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in February and register to access a ‘beta’ version.

Diane Lees, Director General of IWM, said:

“IWM was established while the First World War was still being fought so that future generations would remember the toil and sacrifice of those who served and were impacted by the conflict that changed the world.

“Now that the First World War is outside living memory, it is more important than ever that we encourage today’s generation to learn more about those men and women and their experiences from 1914-18.

“Lives of the First World War will be a fantastic platform for that throughout the centenary and will become a significant resource for future generations too.”

It is hoped that Lives of the First World War will contain individual profiles for more than 8 million people by 2018 – a century on from the end of the conflict.
 

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