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 WWI Military Portraits is part of the digital image collections of the Milwaukee Public Library. The collection contains 33,000 items (photographs, typewritten volumes, and service records). There are some 6,000 photographs. The items were complied from collections of the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter and the Milwaukee County Council of Defense. You can browse all items, filter the results using the free text search or using the subject filter. In the advanced search mode you can add search fields at will. Some items refer to the Canadian and Polish armies.
The digital portal Discovering Anzacs is the fruit of cooperation between the National Archives of Australia and the Archives of New Zealand. The portal brings together government archival records concerning the participation of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand during the First World War, in particular at Gallipoli, and also in the Boer War in South Africa. You can browse records, read group stories, follow the timelines or look for particular locations using an interactive map. The image gallery contains photographs stemming from a crowdsourcing action. With the advanced serach mode you can tune your search questions. Under Learn you will find educational resources.
At the Anzac Portal you can find more links to websites and portals about the Anzacs.
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 portal Grand Mémorial is part of the website Culture, the main portal of the French government for information about and research in French cultural institutions. At least thirty French archives contribute to the Grand Mémorial. The main aim of this portal is to help genealogical research, The website gives quick access to several databases, more precisely for unit diaries (journaux des marches et opérations), regimental registers (registres matricule) kept at the French regional archives (archives départementales), information about soldiers killed in action (Morts pour la France) and their graves (sépultures), war monuments as provided at Mémoire des hommes, and also La Grande Collecte, a crowdsourcing project for documents and memorabilia, an initiative of French archives. There is a simple search mode for finding people with their name and family name, and an advanced search mode with more filter options (date, department, country, source, etc.). The Grand Mémorial portal can be searched in French, English and Spanish; the background information is given only in French.