Only one thing could have been more distressing for the bereaved families of soldiers killed in WW1 than the loss of a loved one – the fact that the body was never found.
So many war memorials list the names of servicemen with no known grave. But in 2000 one Luton family learned that their grandfather/great-grandfather's remains had been found by an amateur archaeologist excavating in a previously unploughed field in Belgium in 1999 – 85 years after he fell.
As many of you know, the WWI Project Volunteers have been digging into the history of Wardown Park Museum as part of the project, and thought I’d share this information with you all. Big thanks to Erin for her work. Now we can begin tracing the full biographical details of these individuals.
The National Roll of the Great War is one of the most sought after sets of reference books of the First World War. The National Publishing Company attempted, shortly after hostilities ceased, to compile a brief biography of as many participants in the war as possible. The vast majority of entries refer to combatants who survived the Great War or Special War Workers ( such as munitions workers) and is often the only source of information available.
The Absent Voters List, is an important resource when it comes to tracing WWI ancestors. We've just uploaded the first chunk to the website, with 6 more to come.
There was a General Election in Britain in 1918. Details of men in the army were listed on Absent Voters Lists (see details below). These usually recorded the man’s regiment, number and rank at the time, as well as his home address.
I spotted an article in today's Times newspaper which tells a story of a soldier who was brought home from the First World War after the death of his four brothers. The newspaper likened it to the film, Saving Private Ryan. We have a similar story here on Great War Stories about the Brightman family.