The digital collection British Soldier’s Wills is a project of the UK government in which some 280,000 soldier’s wills between 1850 and 1996 have been digitized. These wills are part of a general database for probate search in the United Kingdom. The Original wills are kept by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS). In the simple search mode you can search for name and year of death. The advance search mode adds the possibilty to search also for first names, the day and month of death, and regimental number. You have to register to view the digitized wills, but you can search without registration. The interface of this database is in English.
The digital collection Testaments de guerre de poilus parisiens (1914-1918) [War wills of Parisian soldiers, 1914-1918] is a project of the École nationale de Chartes in Paris, the famous French institution for the training of archivists. This collection offers a selection of wills created by soldiers from Paris during the First World War. The 134 wills edited here are kept at the Archives nationales de France. All wills stem from soldiers who died between 1914 and 1918 with the mention Mort pour la France. The collection is accompanied by an introduction, essays on numerous aspects concerning these wills, and a bibliography. You can search for the names of deceased soldiers and for the location of their death. The collections can only be viewed in French.
The École nationale des Chartes has digitized the commemorative publication L’École des Chartes et la Guerre (1914-1918): Livre d’Or (Paris 1921).
The digital collection Gallipoli – Century Ireland is part of the Century Ireland project of RTE, the Irish radio and television. This project concerning the Irish involvement in the First World War focuses on the Irish soldiers serving in the expedition to Gallipoli. In the collection you will find maps, aerial photographs and galleries with photos, drawings, works of art and posters. There are entries from regimental diaries and eyewitness accounts. The guides lead you to themes such as the home front, decorations for courageous actions, remembrance, the role of the Royal Navy and the Turkish army. There are also are interviews with historians, videos and films. Educational resources are also presented in this collection, and there is a section with a bibliography and links to relevant websites.
The digital project Measuring the ANZACs is the fruit of cooperation between Archives New Zealand, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Zooniverse. In this crowdsourcing project the help of the general public is invoked to transcribe and index (“Mark”) personnel files for the New Zealand soldiers serving during the First World War and the Second Boer War. The project focuses on three record series: attestation papers, history sheets and death notifications. The objective is to gain insight into both the personal history of those serving during the Great War and in their health during this period and afterwards. There is a field guide helping you with some aspects of the records in order to create correct transcriptions and indexes. Some of the personnel files have been digitized. The project blog gives you examples of the achievements.
Archives New Zealand has a general page on the First World War which opens with a free text search field for the First World War personnel files and leads you quickly to the main relevant digital resources.
The digital collection Fusillés de la Première Guerre Mondiale has been created at the portal Mémoire des hommes of the French Ministère de la Défense. The Service historique de la Défense at Vincennes has digitized the dossiers with the personal information, the actual proceedings of the courts-martial and their verdicts for 1009 executed civilians, soldiers and other military ranks. For a number of executions it is not known who was shot.
The digital collection – launched in 2014 – consists of a searchable database, a bibliography, and pages with information on legal procedures and about courts-martial (conseils de guerre). In the database (Faire une recherche) you can search for name, surname, location, year and date of birth, French départements, rank, unit, recruiting office and mentions. The database offers a statistical overview. The collection can be viewed with an interface in French; some information is also available in English and Spanish.
In the database Mort pour la France de la Première Guerre mondiale you can search since November 2014 also for 95,000 persons killed in action who did not receive the mention Mort pour la France.
The portal Mission Centenaire 14-18 has an interesting background article about the French justice militaire.
The digital Dansk Demografisk Database; Faldne 1914-18 [Danish Demographic Database: Killed in action, 1914-1918] is a project of the Staten Arkiver in Copenhagen, the Danish national archives, the Landsarkivet for Sønderjylland in Aabenra and the Museum Sønderjylland – Sønderborg Slot. The database contains the names of 6,000 Danish soldiers killed during active service with the German army. At the start of the war South Jutland, a part of Denmark on the present German border, belonged to Germany. A group of fifteen volunteers created the records during 2012 using all kind of registers in Danish archives. Updates to the database appear at a webpage of the Sønderborg Slot. The general public is invited to come with additional information for these updates.
The database can only be consulted with an interface in Danish. You can search by Forenavn(e) (first name), Efternavn (surname), Bopælssogn (residence), Fødesogn (place of birth), Fødeår (year of birth), Død år (year of death), Regimenttype (ved personens død) (regiment type), Regiment nr (regiment number), and Land han er død i (land of death). The search tips (Søgetips) give you an introduction and explain the abbreviations (Forkortelser) used for the resources and the provinces (Amter forkortelser). With the button Søg (Search) you start your search; the button Fortryd clears all search fields.
The 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.