How is Lives of the First World War different from other memorials?

Lives of the First World War commemorates by name people from across Britain and the Commonwealth who played a role in the First World War. It is built, and continues to be built, with contributions from people across the world, using referenced sources. It is a digital memorial and is accessible to everyone. The stories of more than 8 million men and women will be saved for future generations.

Lives of the First World War includes:

  • Those who served in uniform, whether they died or returned.
  • Those who served in uniform, regardless of where in Britain or the Commonwealth they were born or which force they served with.
  • Those whose contribution was on the home front.

Lives of the First World War makes information available from a wide variety of sources from across the world, including:

  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Archives
  • Family collections.


With Lives of the First World War, each Life Story can be researched and explored in one place. Sources for facts are clearly referenced so that they can be checked and independently verified. The platform enables these Life Stories to be shared and saved as the permanent digital memorial.

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