Tag Archives: Cemeteries

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Logo CWGCThe website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has been developed to provide an online database for soldiers from all countries belonging either to the former British Empire or to the British Commonwealth who were killed during action in 153 countries around the world, and to search for particular cemeteries. You can find information about 1,700,000 people and some 23,000 cemeteries. The website has a section with articles about some of the battlegrounds of the First World War. The CWGC was founded in 1917. There is a page with information about similar organisations in several countries and their websites.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Paths of Memory

Logo Paths of MemoryThe portal Paths of Memory presents the history of lieux de mémoire of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. The portal has been created in 2002 by institutions from six countries. You can search for themes and subjects with the quick search, check the place index or navigate the maps of European for a particular theme. The home front is not forgotten. For each region or location you can read a concise history and a section with information for tourism. The portal can be viewed in six languages. The names of this portal in the various languages correspond even with dedicated web addresses for each of the six languages; for example, for German the Wege der Erinnerung can be visited at www.wege-der-erinnerung.de.

Paths of Memory

100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg: Gegen das Vergessen

Logo 100 Jahre: Gegen das VergessenThe digital portal 2014-2018 – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg: Gegen das Vergessen (100 years First World War: Against Forgetting) has been created by the German Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V., the German War Graves Association. This association takes care of war cemeteries and aims at keeping the memory alive of those who died during the world wars. A major feature is the commemoration of German soldiers killed in action on a particular day during the First World War. The main link of the portal is to the Gräbersuche, a database for searching tombs. The portal provides information about projects in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the centenary of the First World War. You can find here information about educational projects, special events, exhibitions and centenary websites. The portal can be viewed in German, English and French.

2014-2018 – 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg: Gegen das Vergessen

Chemins de mémoire

Logo Chemins de mémoire

The portal Chemins de mémoire – À la découverte des lieux de mémoire has been created by the French government. The portal offers extensive guidance to places of remembrances of the wars in France since 1870, including cemeteries, museums, fortifications, battle fields and other places. The website contains many images. For each subject the portal contains articles about its history and bibliographical information. The portal can be viewed in French, English and German.

Chemins de mémoire – À la découverte des lieux de mémoire

Mémoire des hommes – Première guerre mondiale

Logo Mémoire des hommes - Première guerre mondiale

The French Ministry of Defense has created a section on the First World War at its portal Mémoire des hommes. On this website maintained by the Service historique de la Défense at Vincennes you can view the list with 1,3 million deceased French soldiers from the First World War (Mort pour la France). The 95,000 people killed in action without getting this mention, too, have been included in this database since November 2014. You can study unit diaries (journaux des marches et des opérations), check on members of the French air force, and look at the actions of individual units of the French armed forces. You can also study online the 107 volumes of the official history Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre (AFGG). There is a general search mode (Recherche globale) to combine these searches. The section Sépultures de guerre leads you to French war cemeteries worldwide. The website can be viewed in four languages (French, English, German and Spanish).

Among recent additions to the First World War section of Mémoire des hommes is a section on the Fusillés de la Première Guerre mondiale concerning executed soldiers and civilians, a resource presented also here.

Mémoire des hommes – Première guerre mondiale