Lives of the First World War

Connect, Collaborate, Curate

Help the Imperial War Museum piece together the Life Stories of over 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front during the First World War.  The Lives of the First World War website provides each individual whose contribution to the First World War is recorded in official documents with  a personal Life Story page, where you can register your commitment to Remember them.

Information about each person and their wartime experiences can be connected to Life Stories by members of the public.

You can:

  • Link together evidence relating to the same person, using records from museums, libraries and archives across the world. Many of these have been brought together in one place for the first time by Lives of the First World War.
  • Add references to sources you have discovered elsewhere.
  • Upload digital images of your own precious family mementoes.
  • Include family stories and personal knowledge.
  • Group together individuals you are interested in by creating your own Community page.

As more and more people connect facts to Life Stories, we can begin to piece together each individual’s life story.

This short film tells why the IWM created Lives of the First World War and explains why they need your help to ensure those Life Stories are remembered forever. Read on below to learn more about the project and who is involved:

Then read on below to find out more about getting started with Lives of the First World War:


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