Links to other WW1 Resources

When appropriate I’ve grouped these links into logical categories, otherwise they are listed by country of origin. If you own a WW1 website or blog and would like it added to this page please contact me.

WW1 Databases

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.

Canadian War Diaries (Library & Archives Canada – old interface)
Database of Canadian War Diaries of the First World War.
: read my article on viewing war diaries via the new LAC advanced search function.

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.

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.

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.

WW1 Letters / Diaries

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.

The Ross Playfair Letters Project
Letters from Ross Campbell Playfair to his wife Mary (née Ferris) Playfair

The Land of Good Neighbours: Benner Family, World War One
Follow a Canadian family of five brothers, Frank, Fred, Ward, Murray, and Arthur, through the war years of 1914-1918. Their lives and contributions are chronicled by their letters sent from around the world.

For King and Empire
Canada’s Soldiers in the Great War.

Past Voices: Letters Home – Canadian Collection of Letters
Find Canadian ancestors in War of 1812 letters, American Revolution letters, Riel Rebellion letters, World War 1 letters.

Archives of Ontario Remembers our Canadian War Heroes
The Archives has recently acquired a series of letters written from the battlefront during World War One by brothers, Charlie and Wally Gray. Also, excerpts from the John Mould Diaries.

Charlie’s War: The Diary and Letters of a Canadian Corporal
Canadian-born Charlie Ross Francis joined up in 1915, aged 26. His diary and letters home are testimony to his dutiful service in World War One, but was his experience as a corporal in an Empire force any different to that of a British officer? Alex Francis tells his grandfather’s story.

The Canadian Military Heritage Project
“It is my belief that nothing tells the true reality of war better than the simple writings of the common soldier. This page will showcase the letters of Canadian soldiers in the Great War.”

Letters from the trenches
A book about those who saw it all during the First World War … and wrote it down in their letters

The Diary of Arthur L Linfoot
January 1914 – December 1918

WW1 Centenary

Centenary News
Independent, impartial and international coverage of the First World War Centenary and Centennial 2014-2018

World War I Centenary, 1914-1918 will provide independent news and views about the Centenary of World War I, 1914-1918

WW1 Centenary
Great War Centenary 2014-2018 website by Paul Reed.

WW1 Daily
news day by day 100 years on

WW1 Photographs / Art

Great War Portraits
A book of photographs by Keith Collman

Tim Fox-Godden Illustrating the Great War
I have an intimate knowledge of the photographs, uniforms, actions and landscapes of The Great war and I hope some of this comes through in my work.

Dawn Monks Illustrations and Art
Military vehicles & portraits, vintage vehicles, houses, yachts, pets… You name it, Dawn can draw it

The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families
The Army Children Archive (TACA) on Flickr

Hampshire and Solent Museums
Photographs on Flickr

Some WW1 Photographs…
From my own collection, to share them with you

World War One Photos
Photographs and Pictures of the First World War.

World War One Color Photos
This site contains hundreds of photos taken by the French in the last two years of World War One.

NFB – Images of a Forgotten War
Discover this unique and rich collection of more than 120 archival films accompanied by photos, historical essays by noted Canadian experts and a range of teaching materials.

WW1 Slang

Glossary of the First World War
Primary and even secondary works on the First World War are often filled with the slang and acronyms of a bygone age. This glossary is designed for readers of those works; all definitions refer to the 1914-1918 usage only.

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

Prisoners of War

Arthur Beaumont – My Life as a POW
His Experiences as a Soldier and Prisoner of War Germany 1918

Prisoners of War 1914-1918
Download Original Documents (eBooks for sale)

Richard Racey’s Diary
The personal experiences of Baron Richardson Racey during the First World War.

Three Times and Out
Private Simmon’s story of his capture and escape from a German POW Camp.

The German Treatment of Wounded Allied Prisoners of War

Medical Corps / Nurses

A tribute to some women and men who served in armed conflicts
A few short biographies of members of the Army Medical Corps and the Scots Guards Regiment.

Thoughts of a wife, mother and historian (not necessarily in that order).

RAMC in the Great War
This website commemorates all those who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Great War.

British Military Nurses

This Intrepid Band
Information and chat about women who served as military nurses from the Boer War through to the end of the Great War.

Australia / New Zealand

New Zealand Division 1914-1918
It took a remembrance tour to Ieper and the Somme in 2011/12 to recognise how much is not known about the Great War and the relatively low level of dedicated infrastructure related to New Zealand’s contribution. As a result, the New Zealand Division 1914-1918 initiative was started to preserve and protect the Division’s sacrifice across the Western Front during the Great War.


A Guide to Online Resources for Teaching and Learning about WW1 in Canada
An excellent and lengthy list of First World War resource links from Andrea Eidinger’s Unwritten Histories blog.

146th Overseas Battalion
This site is dedicated to the men of the 146th battalion who answered the call of King and Country to participate
in the 1st World War. These men were recruited from the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington counties.

Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group “The Matrix Project”
A website initiated in March 2006 to create an authoritative listing of the Canadian units that served in the field in all theatres of the operations.

Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group
A forum where researchers can connect with others interested in the CEF.
A comprehensive source regarding the organization, vehicles, weapons, uniforms, traditions, and insignia of Canadian soldiers in the 20th Century.

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

CEF Acronyms & Abbreviations
A List of Abbreviations used in Personnel (Service) Records.

Patriots, Crooks and Safety-Firsters
A fantastic resource for researching Colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

If Ye Break Faith
Making Military History Accessible and Engaging in order to Forever Preserve the Memory of Sacrifice

Kaiser’s Bunker On-line Guide to CEF Clothing 1903 to 1919
An on-line guide to the different patterns of Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) clothing.

Madame Guérin
Who put the poppy on your label? Madame Anna A. Guérin did!

Soldiers of the 38th
An attempt at an ongoing mass biography of the officers and men of the 38th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, during the First World War

The Canadian Military Heritage Project – WW1
This site is dedicated to presenting Canadian military history ~ the wars, uprisings and conflicts in which Canadians participated. Our goal is to preserve the records and memories of Canadians who served their country, and to ensure that their sacrifices are not forgotten. Through the Canadian Military Heritage Project we hope to maintain the tradition of remembrance and to foster pride in our military heritage.

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.


Gott mit uns!
German Military History 1848-1945

United Kingdom

Carshalton War Memorial
They Do Not Die Who Fall In Freedom’s Name

Crawley and the Great War

Great War London
London and Londoners in the First World War

Looking at the members of the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers who served in the First World War, and closely related matters

Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914
Our first Big Theme, entitled 1914, will launch a five year programme of activities in 2014 that will commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Military History
Anything that happens to catch my attention….. Mostly concerning WW1

Newbattle at War
A War record of the men from Newbattle

Old Front Line – WW1 Battlefields
This is a web site dedicated to the history and battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918. It aims to provide you with information about the war itself and on how to visit the battlefields in France & Flanders, and Gallipoli – and what to see.

Schooling and the Great War 1914-1919
This website focuses upon some of the less well known aspects of the conflict. It reveals the symbiotic relationship between those serving at the ‘the Front’ and those left behind on the ‘Home Front’. In particular, it examines the impact of the Great War on British (and other) schools and the pupils and teachers who inhabited them. Their stories depict ‘the myriad faces of war’.

The Army Children Archive (TACA)
Chronicling British army children’s history.

The Great War Forum
A forum where researchers can connect with others interested in the Great War.

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.

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-1918
We are researching the stories of the soldiers that served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the First World War. This website is a place to share the stories and preserve the memory of these men. We will also include other articles of interest about the Regiment during the War of 1914-18.

Time For Remembrance
Our objective at with your kind help, is to grow this site into the largest online archive of watches, clocks and any timepiece associated directly or indirectly with war.

Tom Morgan’s Hellfire Corner
An excellent site containing many articles on individual soldiers, battlefields and memorials.

Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project
A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of a north east UK riverside community. This blog keeps you up to date with the latest stories and events.

Andrew Arnold’s World War 1 blog.

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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