Great War Combatant Information Sites

Find Relatives, Friends or the Names of those who served in The Great War.

Archive and Search Sites on the Net.

If you are looking for individuals who served in Empire forces and the above did not help you then try the following.

Ministry of Defence
Bourne Avenue

National Army Museum
If you know which regiment they were in you can get hold of the Regimental War Diaries by writing the:
Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey.
0181 876 3444
National repository of original official records, including unit war histories, medal lists, maps, soldiers documents, and much more. Public can access all released records, by visit only. The single most important Great War archive in the UK.

The Following Information comes from The Great War Society. Be sure to visit their Site.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Responsible for maintaining all British war graves and many memorials in the UK and around the world. Maintains detailed records of casualties and the location of their grave. Can respond to telephone enquiry for relatives, written enquiry (for which a small fee may be charged) for others. 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX, UK. Phone 01628 34221.

Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. 0171 735 8922. Apart from the renowned collection of artefacts, the IWM holds an important library which includes diaries, recorded material, and reference books.

UK Ministry of Defence

Holds the surviving individual soldiers records. These details are confidential and will only be revealed to next-of-kin. Costs £15 per search, takes several weeks and has a low probability of success.Write in the first instance to MOD, Army search CS(R)2, Bourne Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 1RF, UK.

National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3. 0171 730 0717. Excellent collection of artefacts, with document archive and library.

Federation of Family History Societies

c/o The Benson Room, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS, UK. Will guide you to local FHS's and their publications.

Reference books

British Official History

Actually entitled 'History of the Great War based on official documents by direction of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence'. Published by HMSO in the 1920-30's. Original volumes very sought-after and expensive. IWM and PRO hold copies, as do larger libraries. Some recent facsimile editions. Extensive work, multiple volumes, very detailed. Covers military operations, logistics, etc. in all theatres.

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-18

Published in 1921 with facsimile copies since. In 80 parts plus a separate volume for officers. Each volume deals with individual Regiment or Corps, and lists those who died, giving dates, locations, army number. Not 100% accurate, but an excellent record. ISBN 1 871505 01 1 to 1 871505 80 1. Obtainable from IWM (see above).

The War Graves of the British Empire

Over 200 volumes, covering all cemeteries and memorials to the missing which are maintained by CWGC (see above). Copy located at each CWGC office, and at each cemetery. Also in some larger libraries. Lists all those commemorated, with dates, units, etc.

Historical Record of British Infantry Regiments in the Great War 1914-18

Brig. E.A.James. Now reprinted as British Regiments 1914-18. Published again in 1978 by Samson Books, ISBN 0 906304 03 2. Gives potted history of every battalion, with dates, locations.

Primary sources of information : USA involvement

US Veteran And Military WORLD WAR WEBSITES

U. S. Military Historical Centers

U. S. Army Center for Military History

Washington, D. C. 20005-4302

The Air Force Historian

HQUSAF (AF/HQ) 500 Duncan Avenue, Box 84 Bolling Air Force Base, D. C. 20332-1111

U. S. Marine Corps Historical Center

Building 58 Washington Navy Yard 901 M Street, S. E. Washington, D. C. 20347

Naval Historical Center

Building 57 Washington Navy Yard 901 M Street, S. E. Washington, D. C. 20374

Documentary Sources of Information on the American Expeditionary Force (AEF)

American Armies and Battlefields in Europe, Center for Military History, United States Army, WashDC, 1992 (CMH publication 23-24), maps, illustrations, index. Reprinted from the original 1938 edition prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402. Still one of the best guide books to American battlefields on the Western Front.

Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War (five volumes), Center for Military History, WashDC, (CMH publication 23-1), abbreviations, calendar. Reprint with revisions of the edition published from 1931 to 1949. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402. Superintendent of Documents # D114.2:B32.


From Karl Murray's Great War Site - Make sure you visit there.

VOLKSBUND DEUTSCHE KRIEGSGRÄBERFÜRSORGE (S.E.S.M.A.)This Association is responsible under a Franco-German agreement for the care and upkeep of German military cemeteries, and is open to visitors at all times.

Service d'Entretien des Sépultures Militaires Allemandes,
9 rue du Pré Chaudron,
B.P. 5123,
57074 METZ Cedex 3,



This official agency of the United States government is responsible for the maintenance of American cemeteries overseas.

Sites are open throughout the year, and entrance is free.

69 rue du 19 janvier,
92380 GARCHES.



The Commission is responsible for the maintenance of the cemeteries containing the graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers killed during the two World Wars. It maintains war monuments built to the memory of those who have no known grave, and preserves records and registers.

Its sites are open all year.

Its address in France is:

rue Angélie Richard,


Association Internationale des Sites et Musées de la Guerre de 1914 - 1918
B.P. 63 - 80201 PERONNE Cedex


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Last revised: May 27, 2002.