Few families in Britain were untouched by the tragic events of the First World War (1914-1918). By 1918 over five and half million regular soldiers, volunteers and conscripts had served, but one man in eight never returned. These are the men who are memorialised in the latest addition to the 1837online.com site: the "Soldiers Died in the Great War" collection .
This fully searchable database is taken from the original 1921 publication of the same name, published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. It covers over 703,000 names of soldiers and officers who were killed or died in the First World War, both at home and overseas. They cover men from every regiment and corps of the British Army.
The amount of information held on each soldier varies, but a full entry will give
- Place and country of birth
- Place of enlistment
- Place of residence
- Army number
- Regiment/Corps etc
- Battalion etc
- Date of death
- How he died
- Supplementary notes, which include information such as former army numbers and regiments
This dataset complements the information held on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's site, and 1837online.com's own indexes of WW1 deaths, enabling you to order the death certificate for any ancestor who died in the First World War.
Searching the dataset is free, and provides you with the surname, forenames, place of birth and residence for all the soldiers who meet your criteria. To view all the information available for an individual will use ten units (costing between 50 pence and £1 depending on your price plan).