Links to other WW1 Resources

First World War Research

Soldiers of the First World War (Library & Archives Canada)
Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada.

The Newfoundland Regiment and the Great War
A database containing the service files of over 2200 of the nearly 6800 soldiers who served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War.

Royal Newfoundland Regiment First World War Diary
The complete war diary documenting the Royal Newfoundland Regiment from September 1915 to March 1919 (pdf format).

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Veteran’s Affairs)
This site contains a registry of information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country.

Prisoners of the First World, the ICRC Archives
The International Committee of the Red Cross archives documenting the internment of  10 million servicemen and civilians during the First World War.

Canadian Letters and Images
The Canadian Letters and Images Project is an online archive of the Canadian war experience, from any war, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves.

Canadian Great War Project
The Canadian Great War Project is intended to promote interest in Canada’s participation in World War 1, commonly referred to as the Great War, to research the Canadians who participated in the Great War 1914-1919 or other nationalities who served in the CEF.
A comprehensive source regarding the organization, vehicles, weapons, uniforms, traditions, and insignia of Canadian soldiers in the 20th Century.

The Regimental Rogue
This site includes a wealth of information on the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) as well as a section devoted to researching Canadian soldiers of the First World War.

Saanich Remembers the First World War
A project to remember and honour the hundreds of Saanich residents who served in the First World War and to learn more about the impact of the war on the community.

The Long, Long Trail
The Long, Long Trail is all about the British Army in the First World War: aimed at the family and military researcher, it is a tribute to the men and women who fought and won – and to the million who died trying.

Lives of the First World War
A permanent digital memorial by the Imperial War Museum to 7.5 lives of the First World War.

CEF Abbreviations (Matrix Project)
Another helpful list for deciphering service records.

War Slang
A guide to some of the slang used during the two world wars.

Battlefield Tours

Liberation Tours
This all-Canadian company offers high-quality guided coach tours to the battlefields of Western Europe including those in Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Their unique itineraries are led by expert historians who provide in-depth and personalized military briefings.

First World War Letters & Diaries

The Ross Playfair Letters Project
For King and Empire
Past Voices: Letters Home – Canadian Collection of Letters
Archives of Ontario Remembers our Canadian War Heroes
Letters from the trenches
The Diary of Arthur L Linfoot

First World War Photographs & Art

Great War Portraits by Keith Collman
Patriots, Crooks and Safety-Firsters
Tim Godden Illustratrations
Dawn Monks Illustrations and Art
The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families
World War One Photos
World War One Color Photos
NFB – Images of a Forgotten War

First World War Prisoners of War

Arthur Beaumont – My Life as a POW
Prisoners of War 1914-1918
Richard Racey’s Diary
Three Times and Out
The German Treatment of Wounded Allied Prisoners of War

First World War Medical Corps & Nurses

A tribute to some women and men who served in armed conflicts
RAMC in the Great War
This Intrepid Band

Other First World War Links by Country


A Guide to Online Resources for Teaching and Learning about WW1 in Canada
146th Overseas Battalion
Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group “The Matrix Project”
Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group
First World War Veterans of Guysborough County
If Ye Break Faith
Kaiser’s Bunker On-line Guide to CEF Clothing 1903 to 1919
Madame Guérin
PPCLI 100th Anniversary
Soldiers of the 38th

New Zealand

New Zealand Division 1914-1918

United Kingdom

Carshalton War Memorial
Crawley and the Great War
Great War London
Military History
Newbattle at War
Old Front Line – WW1 Battlefields
Schooling and the Great War 1914-1919
The Army Children Archive (TACA)
The Great War Forum
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-1918
Time For Remembrance
Tyne mouth World War 1 Commemoration Project
ww1geek by Andrew Arnold

2 replies

  1. Re Canada’s Virtual War Memorial – the point in this underpublicized online national research treasure is
    that it is interactive. 1899 through today, nucleus the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
    Each file can post Images from the general public that help capture the individual’s identity, and images
    posted are available to others. A wonderful way to conserve and share family history photos.

  2. You might want to take a look at the UK National Inventory of War Monuments. A Lot of them show up as commemorating kin who emigrated to Canada and died in its uniform. A brief attempt to extract all these listings
    to share with family history searchers here and over there did not get far, awaiting a future enthusiast.
    These UK memorials are also valuable contributions to our Canadian war dead identity files on the Virtual War Memorial.

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