Links – World War I Research



General websites and resources for all British Empire (now Commonwealth) World War I resources – watch for updates to this list.

See two BCGS World War I session handouts

WWI British Empire Military – Genealogy & Family History – BCGS-VPL by M. Diane Rogers (.pdf)

World War I – UK Genealogy Research by Susan Snalam (.pdf)

Further Links and books

The World Remembers Project, “The Display of Names in 2015

The 2015 display of the names of those killed in 1915 will commence October 5th and conclude November 11th. More than 519,000 names of soldiers who lost their lives from the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Australia, the Czech Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia and the former British Indian Army will appear.

The displays will run for eleven hours each day and each name will be programmed to appear at a precise day, hour and minute. The Search The Names function on this site will be updated by September 15th to include the 1915 names information.

All names will be available for viewing on this website or at any one of The World Remembers display locations in any participating country.”

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

The War Graves Photographic Project. Worldwide volunteer project; nominal fee for photographs:

World War I Casualties, Wikipedia:

Commonwealth World War I deaths, search by name, street or town/city (limit 100 results – Commonwealth War Graves Commission database), hosted by Wales Online:

National Library, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, WW I, Race, empire and colonial troops:

The Long, Long Trail, The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918:

List of First World War Victoria Cross recipients:

The First World War in 100 Objects by Peter Doyle (The History Press, 2014).

Memorial Gates Trust, soldiers of the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean:

India Office Records, British Library and see also TNA:

Lives of the First World War, Imperial War Museums and D.C. Thomson (Find My Past – some content $):

The Great War 1914-1918: A Guide to W W I Battlefields on the Western Front and History of First World War:

Prisoners of the First World War – International Committee of the Red Cross:



“John McCrae’s War: In Flanders Fields” documentary film by Robert Duncan, 1998, (46 min 12 s.) Profile of poet John McCrae and Alexis Helmer, whose death inspired the poem, National Film Board:

Canada and the First World War, Canadian War Museum:

WW I and II collections, Canada Letters and Images Project, University of Victoria, BC. Letters, poetry, diaries, photographs, audio:

The Great War 1914-1918, Postmedia:

Canadian Cities During the Great War, 1914-1918.

Courage Remembered, WW I and WW II, A SchoolNet Project:

First World War Honour Rolls (various),

Directory of Canadian military museums, Organization of Military Museums of Canada:!member-institutions/crvo

Canada – Historic Casualty Identification, Dept. of History and Heritage, National Defence. There are some 27,000 war dead missing from WW I, II and Korea. Historical and scientific research is used to identify remains found:


Walter Draycott’s Great War Chronicle, North Vancouver Museum & Archives:

British Columbia Remembers World War I, Royal BC Museum:

Canadian Cities During the Great War 1914-1918. Includes so far, Victoria, Esquimalt and Saanich:

Pacific Coast Branch, Western Front Ass’n:

British Columbia Military Heritage Society:

Epistolary Memory: First World War Letters to British Columbia by Megan Robertson, BC Studies #182,

BC Archives transcription project, WW I Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks:

Grant family and the Belle Letters project, Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites:


Great War Centenary Association, Brantford, Brant County, Six Nations:


Australian War Memorial, records, events, commemoration:

List of Australians diarists of World War I, Wikipedia:


The British West Indies Regiment, The Long, Long Trail:

Caribbean Roll of Honour:

Caribbean participants in the First World War, Memorial Gates Trust:

Tracing West Indian Service Personnel, Imperial War Museum (.pdf):

War Memorial, British West Indies Regiment, Belgium, Jamaican Family Search:


Jamaica and the Great War, The Gleaner:

War Memorial, St. Mary’s, Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica, Jamaican Family Search:


Every Man Remembered, Royal British Legion:
See all the Royal British Legion’s World War I Centenary projects:
Great War British Red Cross Volunteers:


Cymru dros Heddwch / Wales for Peace Project (2015-2018), World War I Remembrance books, search by regiment/battalion, Casgliad y Werin Cymru / People’s Collection Wales website:

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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