Category Archives: Armies

Punjab & World War One

The digital project Punjab & World War One has been created by the UK Pakistan Heritage Association and the university of Greenwich. In 1919 the Punjab regional government created an overview of the 320,000 Punjab soldiers who had served during the First World War. These records, some 26,000 pages, surfaced recently in the holdings of the Lahore Museum. The registers were organized by village. You can navigate an interactive map, use the search fields for village, name and father’s name, or use the advanced search mode with additional fields for district, regiment, rank and caste where you can select from dropdown lists. By clicking on a result you open an overview of the information, and you can go to the scan of the original page in the registers. This project website was launched on November 11, 2021.

In 2016 the UKPHA launched the website Empire, Faith & War on Sikhs and the Great War.

Punjab & World War One

The Caribbean’s Great War

The digital project The Caribbean’s Great War has been created by the West India Committee, more specifically by its library and archive in London. The purpose of the project with twenty essays and digitized images is to show the role of the Caribbean within the British colonial empire during the First World War. Soldiers from islands in the Caribbean joined the British forces. The essays look at specific fronts, such as the Western front, the Middle East and Africa, and at individual islands. Among more general themes are the role of women and experiences in England. Among the downloads you can find (educational) materials and an e-book on the Great War and the Caribbean.

The West Indian Committe created a seocnd project focusing on The West Indian Soldier.

The Caribbean’s Great War

Elsie Blanche Augustine

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The digital collection Elsie Blanche Augustine has been created by the University at Buffalo-The State University of New York. Elsie Blanche Augustine (1885-1970) was a Canadian nurse, who had been trained as a nurse in Buffalo. She served during the First World War mainly at the Base Hospital 23 in Vittel, a town in the French departement Vosges. This hospital was supported by the city of Buffalo. The collection with 175 items contains mainly photographs taken during the First World War, most of them taken in Vittel, and some personal papers. Some photographs were taken at La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) after the war.

Elsie Blanche Augustine

Maps of the Ottoman Empire

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The digital collection Maps of the Ottoman Empire has been created by the Digital Library for International Research. The collection contains 19 maps held by the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem. The maps were created between 1839 and 1906, brought together in 1915 by the British Intelligence Division War Office, and published by the British War Office. The maps show mainly the eastern and southern part of the Ottoman empire, now Iraq and Syria, and there are maps for Lebanon and Jordany.

Maps of the Ottoman Empire

Vojaške žrtve 1. svetovne vojne na Slovenskem

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The digital collection Vojaške žrtve 1. svetovne vojne na Slovenskem [Military victims of the First World War in Slovenia] is a project hosted by the Slovenian digital history platform Sistory. In this project three archives, the Arhiv Republike Slovenije [National Archives of Slovenia], the Nadškofijski arhiv Ljubljana [Archiepiscopal Archive, Ljubljana] and the Zgodovinski arhiv Ljubljana [State Archive Ljubljana] work together with thirteen museums. The core of the project is a database in which you can search using the free text field, set filters or browse the victims (Vse žrtve). Their names, first names, date of birth, date of death, location and country of residence, and their military unit are given. Currently the database contains records for some 26,000 soldiers. As for now the database can only be viewed in Slovenian, an English interface is under construction.

Vojaške žrtve 1. svetovne vojne na Slovenskem

Eestlased Esimeses maailmasõjas

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The digital collection Eestlased Esimeses maailmasõjas [Estonians in the First World War] is a project of the Ravhusarhiiv, the Estonian national archives in Tallinn. This crowdsourcing project aims at getting more information about the around 100,000 Estonian soldiers who served as soldiers in the Russian army during the First World War. Some 10,000 of them never returned home. The section Allikad gives an introduction to  archival resources, information about the armed forces and a bibliography. Many archival records are written in Russian. You can search for the names of persons or for locations. Täpsem otsing leads you to the advanced search mode. The button Leia sõdurid kaardilt leads to an interactive map for searching soldiers and locations. The section Kasulikke viiteid contains further web links. The section KKK/Tagasiside should lead to frequently asked questions, but there is only a contact form for asking questions. The project does cover also the Second World War.The website of this project can only be viewed in Estonian.

On the blog of the Ravhuusarhiiv you can read articles about Estonia and the First World War.

Eestlased Esimeses maailmasõjas

Crew lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915

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The digital collection Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915 has been created by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Volunteers transcribed in a crowdsourcing project 750,000 names in some 39,000 crew lists. Some of the lists are held by the National Archives in Kew, their lists have not been digitized for this website. You can search for crew members (first name, surname, rank, vessel and birth place) and for vessels (vessel name and official number). The lists are formally crew agreements, official contracts. Women, too, served on merchant ships. The lists are also an important resource for family history and economic history. The page About provides background information, and you can benefit from the Frequently Asked Questions, too.

Crew LIsts of the British Merchant Navy – 1915

John Robertson Hawke: Word War I letters and artifacts

Letter by J. Robertson Hwake (detail)The digital collection John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts has been created by the University of Wollongong. John Robertson Hawke (1890-1965) was a Scottish immigrant. He worked as a warehouseman before joining in 1915 the Australian Army. He fought in Egypt, France and Belgium (Ypres). He performed in particular communication tasks as a signaller. The collection contains two postcards and 200 letters, mainly written to his parents and family, a pay book and a field medical card. There is a collection guide (collection D55; PDF).

In a second collection you will find letters, postcards, documents and objects from and about another Australian soldier, William George Abate who was killed in action in 1917.

John Robertson Hawke: World War I letters and artifacts

Sanità Grande Guerra

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The digital database Sanità Grande Guerra is a project of the Associazione Storica Cimeetrincee. The website and the database inform you about Italian medical care and hospitals during the First World War. You can search for hospitals and kinds of sanitary services, and consult background information about the Italian Red Cross (CRI) and the cooperation with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). In the database you can search for locations and for types of sanitary services (type, year and month). There is also a bibliography of relevant studies and old periodicals. This website can only be viewed in Italian.

Sanità Grande Guerra

Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict: Sourcebook

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The digital collection Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict. Colonials, neutrals and belligerents during the First World War: Sourcebook has been created by the team of the international CEBG project. This digital collection aiming at students in higher education offers a selection of sources from various holdings. You can select items for particular themes or choose a source genre, use the free search field or use the advanced search mode.

Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict. Colonials, neutrals and belligerents during the First World War: Sourcebook