Tag Archives: Deceased

Fusillés de la Première Guerre mondiale

Vginet Fusillés de la Première Guerre mondialeThe 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.

Fusillés de la Première Guerre mondiale

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Dansk Demografisk Database: Faldne 1914-18

Logo Statens ArkiverThe 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.

Dansk Demografisk Database: Faldne 1914-18

Scottish Soldiers’ Wills

Examplre of a will of a Scottish soldierThe digital collection Scottish Soldiers’ Wills is part of the history portal ScotlandsPeople with access to digitized archival records. The collection contains approximately 31,000 digitized wills, kept at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh. 26,000 wills stem from the First World War, 4,750 wills were written during the Second World War. There are also wills dating from the Boer War and the Korean War. You can search the database after registration; one has to pay for the images of wills. It is possible to search for surnames, forenames, date of death, service number, rank, battalion, regiment, location and cause of death. There is background information about the soldiers’ wills, and also general information about using wills as a historical source.

Scottish Soldiers’ Wills

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

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

World War I Memorial Inventory Project

Logo WW1 Memorials InventoryThe website of the World War I Memorial Inventory Project aims a bringing together all memorials of the First World War in the United States of America. The project was started by Mark Levitch. His aim is to create a database with an online inventory of memorials described in a systematic way. The general public is invited to contribute information about memorials. The project is endorsed by the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. As for now the online database is not yet visible. Of an estimated total of 10,000 memorials some 2,000 have already been registered.

World War I Memorial Inventory Project

Irish Soldiers’ Wills

Logo Soldiers' WillsThe digital collection Soldiers’ Wills is a project of the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin. In the collection you will find 9,000 digitized wills mostly dating from the First World War. Some wills stem from the South African War (1899-1902). Around 35,000 Irish soldiers died during service in the First World War. The wills can be searched for name, surname, service number, War Office number and date, and date of death. The wills were most often written on the page for wills of the pocket army service book known as the Small Book.

Soldiers’ Wills