Lives of the First World War

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The Imperial War Museum have just launched a new online resource which aims to create a ‘permanent digital memorial’ to the lives of the millions of people who served Britain and the Commonwealth during World War One.

The Lives of the First World War already contains the details of over 4.5 million men and women who fought in the conflict, and it is hoped that the archive will eventually contain as many as 8 million records.

The Museum is actively encouraging the public to participate in the project by helping update and embellish records by sharing stories and memories of relations who fought in the war and by uploading material, such as family photos, to the website, which is being run in conjunction with DC Thomson Family History, which runs several online ancestry websites. The project is free to join, and you can find out more about it by visiting the site here:

Don’t forget that we have wealth of information about the First World War down in our history section on Level 2. You can also get day-by-day reportage of the entire war through our extensive online newspaper archives available on Library Catalogue Plus.