Only IWM can create a Life Story page based on evidence of the individual's wartime contribution.
We have a feature which allows members of the public to propose a new Life Story based on information they have uncovered.
Before requesting a new Life Story, please follow these steps:
1. Check to see whether the individual meets the criteria for inclusion in Lives of the First World War
2. Search for the individual on Lives of the First World War.
the SEARCH BOX at the top of every page. Try
surname and service number, if appropriate, e.g. “Smith 40348”
- Try wildcards to match variations, e.g. “W* Tickle” to match “Will,” “William” or “Walter”
- Middle names are rarely included in full. Try searching without and then narrow down your search.
- Don’t forget names can be written in many ways. Try looking for variations, e.g. “John”, “Jon”, “Jack”, “Johnny” or “J”
- The person may have served under a different name, e.g. did a woman serve with her maiden or married name? Did they use a nickname, e.g. ‘Betty’ instead of ‘Bertha’?
If you believe that a Life Story page does not already exist, please use our feedback system to let us know. Make sure you provide as many details as you can.