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Links to First World War Resources

General First World War Websites

The First World War Centenary

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading plans for the commemoration of the First World War.

BBC World War One resources

Interviews, video, audio and links to the BBC’s coverage of the centenary from 2014 to 2018.

BBC Schools World War One site

Resources especially designed for primary and secondary school children.

First World War; A Global View

Part of the National Archives First World War 100 programme, this site explores the global impact of the First World War through an interactive map, which highlights key events and figures in countries from Aden to Zanzibar.

British Library World War One Resources

The British Library's dedicated World War One page has a vast array of exclusive articles, images and scans of original letters and manuscripts from the conflict.

Remember WW1

Remember WW1  is a not-for-profit campaign to mobilise volunteer activity around the commemoration of World War 1.

Enyclopaedia of the First World War

The Spartacus encyclopaedia contains a whole host of information about the First World War, created especially for school children.

Imperial War Museums’ First World War Centenary site

IWM is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations.

Imperial War Museums' Lives of the First World War Project

This is the IWM’s major digital First World War Centenary project which is intended to piece together the Life Stories of 8 million men and women.

Greater Manchester Centenary Partnership

Greater Manchester Centenary Partnership is a network of organisations (led by the Imperial War Museum) working collectively to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Take a themed Journey across Greater Manchester. Explore the role of world’s first industrial city and delve into tales of life at home and on the fighting fronts. Find out how animals joined the war effort and discover the inspiring stories of extraordinary people.

Christmas Truce

Research and information about the soldiers who took part in the famous 1914 Christmas Truce.

The Western Front Association

The WFA aims to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those, on all sides, who served their country in France and Flanders in 1914-1918.

The Great War Society

The Great War Society UK is a living history group keeping the memory of the First World War alive.


Michael Duffy's impressive and well-presented multimedia history of World War One.

Schooling and the First World War

This website focuses upon some of the less well known aspects of the conflict. In particular, it examines the impact of the Great War on British (and other) schools and the pupils and teachers who inhabited them.

Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

A project by the local radio project DBBC to trace Bolton men who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. It includes scanned images of newspaper photographs of many of the casualties.


War Memorials

The War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust is the charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission looks after cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 153 countries.

In From The Cold Project

This Commonwealth War Grave Commission project seeks to record the details of people who died as a result of the First World War but who are not currently entered on any war memorial. If your ancestor was killed in the war but their name is not listed on the CWGC site it is you can contact the project for individual help.

The Churches Conservation Trust - First World War; Memorials of Life and Death

The CCT is marking the centenary of the First World War with a programme that reflects the wide range of memorials that are located in our churches and churchyards.

Imperial War Museum Inventory of War Memorials

IWM's War Memorials Archive (formerly UK National Inventory of War Memorials) is working to compile a comprehensive record of all war memorials in the UK to promote their appreciation, use and preservation.


WW1 Records

First World War 100 at the National Archives

There are downloadable information leaflets which give an excellent introduction to First World War records available. The catalogue can now be searched on-line. There are also World War One medal rolls provided by The National Archives' DocumentsOnline service.

The London Gazette

The London Gazette editions from the war years can be searched on-line, giving access to medal citations for the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Cross and other awards.

Records of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Index to the personnel files of the men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War. Attestation papers are downloadable.

Australian Service Records from  WW1

Access to the records of 420,000 Australian personnel who served during WW1.

The Long, Long Trail; The British Army in the Great War

A comprehensive resource for military historians, genealogists and anyone with an interest in the First World War. There is a searchable index to interviews with returned prisoners of war (TNA WO/161) and a discussion forum.  

The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918

A detailed order of battle for British Army units in the First World War. The site cross-references battalions, brigades, divisions and the battles in which they were engaged.

Forces War Records

A commercial website which hosts a wide range of military records accessible for a fee. However the unit histories a free to search and contain a great deal of useful information.

The 8th East Lancs

Dedicated to the memory of the soldiers who served with the 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment during the Great War.


Museum Collections

The Lancashire Fusiliers Museum

The Fusilier Museum is home to the collections of the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. 

The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment  Lancashire Infantry Museum

Holds the regimental collections of The East Lancashire Regiment, The South Lancashire Regiment,  The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, The Lancashire Regiment  and The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

GM 1914 First World War in Greater Manchester

Items and stories gathered from the collections of Greater Manchester Museums, all related to the area’s experience of the First World War.