Organizations Related to WW1 Remembrance, Research and Study

Battlefield Guides and Tours

The International Guild of Battlefield Guides

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Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides logo.

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The Guild, its members and supporters dedicate their expertise and knowledge towards the achievement of the highest standards of excellence in the practice of guiding on the battlefields. See our page for contact details to find out more information about the Guild and recommended guides:

Guild of Battlefield Guides

Battlefield Tour Companies

A growing number of companies and individuals offer guided visits to show people around the battlefields. The types of tours range from private guided tours, where you are responsible for your own transport to the battlefields and accommodation there, to tours tailored by a guide to suit your personal requirements, to an all-inclusive tour for a group of adults or students.

See a list of tour companies and guides, many of whom are members or supporters of the Guild of Battlefield Guides:

WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies

WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies for Students & School Groups

War Grave Agencies

The American Battle Monuments Commission

Monument at St. Mihiel U.S. military cemetery, France.

Military Forces of the United States of America

The American Battle Monuments Commission was established by an act of Congress in March 1923 to construct and maintain memorials in the United States and in foreign countries where U.S. armed forces have served since 6th April 1917.

American Battle Monuments Commission

Belgian Military Graves

Military Forces of Belgium

Grave in the Belgian military cemetery at Houthulst Forest on the Ypres Salient battlefields, Belgium.

The Belgian Ministry of Defence is responsible for the care and maintenance of Belgian military graves. A database of the records of Belgian war dead is held at the Dokumentatiecentrum at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper (Ypres).

Dokumentatiecentrum at In Flanders Fields Museum

Commissariato Generale

Italian grave at Houthulst Forest

Military Forces of Italy

The Italian war graves agency was founded in 1919.

Commissariato Generale

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bedford House Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.

Military Forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is responsible for 1.7 million graves and memorials thoughout the world. It records and maintains the graves and memorials of members of the Commonwealth countries who died in both World War One (WW1) and World War Two (WWII). The organization also has extensive records of where the cemeteries and memorials are and who is buried or mentioned in them.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ministère des Pensions

The west gate at Notre Dame de Lorette French Military cemetery near Arras, France.

Military Forces of France

Le Ministère des Pensions is the French war graves agency which cares for the French military cemeteries from the 1914-1918 war to the present day. There are 265 cemeteries in France classed as “nécropoles nationales” - national cemeteries - for those who have died for France, “Mort pour la France”.

Ministère des Pensions

Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG)

Badge on the Le Hamel Memorial, Somme

The organization of the OAWG is within the Department of Veterans Affairs. With regard to the commemoration of those who served their country, the OAWG has three roles, these being:

Website: www.dva.gov.au

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (VDK)

Military Forces of Germany

Basalt lava crosses and statue at Langemark German Military Cemetery, Langemark, Belgium.

The work of the Volksbund or VDK is officially carried out on behalf of the German government although the Volksbund is still funded by donations from the German people and the members of the association.

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (VDK)

Photographic & Biographical Archive Projects

Australian War Graves Photographic Project

Grave of Australian casualty

The Australian War Graves Photographic Archive (AWGPA) aims to procure a digital photograph of every single Australian casualty commemorated on a war grave throughout the world.

Australian War Graves Photographic Project

British War Graves: War Graves Photographs

This is a project led by Mick McCann and other volunteers to establish an archive of photographs of British war graves in the United Kingdom and around the world. Photographs of the graves are supplied free of charge.

Website: www.britishwargraves.co.uk

Lijssenthoek Project

The project has been set up for the construction of the new visitors' centre (opened in September 2012) at the British and Commonwealth Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery south of Poperinge, Belgium. The project is also working to compile a database of details for the 10,000 identified casualties in the cemetery.

For more information see our page at:

Lijssenthoek Project: Visitors' Centre & Database

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project

Website: www.mapleleaflegacy.ca

New Zealand War Graves Project

Website: www.nzwargraves.org.nz

South Africa War Graves Project

Website: www.southafricawargraves.org

Thiepval Database Project

Some of the 600 soldiers on the photographic panel for Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme battlefields, France.

This project aims to compile a photographic and biographical database for all the 72,000 names commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme battlefield.

For more information and how you can help see our page at:

Thiepval Database Project

United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials (UKNIWM)

Animals in War Memorial, London

This project is supported by the Imperial War Museum (London). The aim of the project is to list and locate over 100,000 war memorials in the United Kingdom.

For more information see our page at:

United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials (UKNIWM)

The War Graves Photographic Project

British grave at London Road Cemetery

A voluntary project to create a photographic record of every British and Commonwealth war grave and memorial inscription from the First World War.

The War Graves Photographic Project

Remembrance Societies, Associations and Projects

10th Essex Living WW1 History Group

Website: www.10thessex.org

Families & Friends of the First AIF (FFFAIF)

logo for FFFAIF

An association “Dedicated to Digger Heritage”, preserving the memory of all those who fought with the Australian Imperial Force in 1914-1918.

Families & Friends of the First AIF (FFFAIF)

Friends of the Somme

The Friends of the Somme supports the work carried out by The Somme Association. This is an association established to preserve the memory of the Irishmen and women who served in the First World War. For contact details see our page about The Somme Association:

The Somme Association

The Gallipoli Association

Formed by a veteran of the 1915 campaign in the Dardanelles to further the Remembrance of the men who fought in it.

The Gallipoli Association

The Great War Society (UK)

The Society is a Living History group with the aim to provide an opportunity for practical research into uniforms, weapons, equipment and training of Great War soldiers from Armies of the Allies and Central powers.

The Great War Society

Khaki Devil

A company founded by collectors of equipment and uniforms which provides First and Second World War historical advice for film and television. It also provides a service for schools and amateur dramatic societies working to a tight budget.

Khaki Devil

La Boisselle Study Group

A major project to carry out an exciting archaeological study at a battle site on the Somme battlefield.

La Boisselle Study Group

The LMS-Patriot Project

LMS Patriot Project

This charity is involved with building a new, Royal British Legion endorsed, steam engine called “The Unknown Warrior” in memory of all who fell in the Great War. The new Patriot class engine is due for completion before the 100th anniversary of WW1 armistice in 2018.

The LMS-Patriot Project

Last Post Association

Last Post Association logo.

The Last Post Association is responsible for arranging and sounding the daily ceremony of Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium.

Last Post Association

National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

National Memorial Arboretum

A memorial arboretum created for the nation as a living tribute to the armed and civil services of the United Kingdom. For more information see our page about the National Memorial Arboretum at:

National Memorial Arboretum

The Not Forgotten Association, London

The Not Forgotten Association logo

A charity founded in 1920 to offer leisure and entertainment opportunities for First World War Service and ex-Service men and women who had been injured in the line of duty. The Not Forgotten Association still provides support in the same way for men and women who suffer injury or disability during or after their Service in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

The Not Forgotten Association

Over the Front

Founded by the League of World War One Aviation Historians to accumulate, preserve and publish data about aerial activity of World War I.

Over The Front

Royal British Legion - The Somme Branch

The Royal British Legion Somme Branch (Registered Charity No. 219279) is based on the Somme battlefields. Membership of the branch is open to all within the eligibility guidelines of Royal British Legion membership.

For information about the branch, its activities and membership visit the branch website at:

Website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/somme

Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship

The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship was formed in 2001. A range of events take place each year, organized by the Fellowship to honour, study and remember him. There is an annual conference, opportunities to join tours to visit the battlefields where he fought, a bi-annual publication called Siegfried's Journal.

For information about the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and how to join as a member see the website at:

Website: www.sassoonfellowship.org

The Somme Association

The Somme Association was formed in 1994 to manage the Ulster Memorial Tower Somme battlefield memorial and Visitors Centre there. It is based at the Somme Heritage Centre near Belfast and carries out research to preserve the memory of the Irishmen and women who served in the First World War. For more information about the Somme Association see:

The Somme Association

Time Bandits: Bringing History to Life

Experienced Living History historical interpreters and reenactors in costume. Based in the North East of England the team offers sessions on WW1 themes for schools, museums or private groups.

See our page at:

Time Bandits: Bringing History to Life

War Memorials Trust

WW1 Memorial to D M Harris, RNVR, in Wolverhampton

The War Memorials Trust protects and conserves over 100,000 war memorials in the United Kingdom. The Trust is a charity, relying on grants, donations and volunteers to carry out the necessary work of preserving many hundreds of memorials to both military and civilian individuals. Without this work and care many war memorials across the United Kingdom will be in danger of falling into disrepair, may be damaged and forgotten. For more information about the work of the War Memorials Trust, its education programme and how you can help see our information page and links to the organization at:

War Memorials Trust

War Poets Association

The War Poets Association focuses on the life and work in the historical context of the experience of war from 1914. Work by poets of all nationalities is studied. For membership details, events and biographical information about war poets and their work see the website at:

Website: www.warpoets.org

Wenches in Trenches

A group of ladies, many of whom are nurses or ex-nurses, who fundraise for good causes. The group is carrying out a sponsored walk in September 2014 from Poperinge to Ypres to raise money for a memorial to nurses in the First World War.

Website: www.wenchesintrenches.co.uk

The Western Front Association (WFA)

logo of The Western Front Association

The Association aims to further interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those of all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War.

The Western Front Association (WFA)

The Western Front Association (WFA) Somme Branch

Visitors to the Somme battlefields and anyone living in the locality are welcome to attend WFA Somme Branch meetings.

For information about the WFA Somme Branch, contact, events and meetings see our page at:

The Western Front Association (WFA) Somme Branch

The Wilfred Owen Association

The Wilfred Owen Association was established in 1989. It exists to commemorate the life and work as one of the great English war poets.

Website: www.wilfredowen.org.uk

The World War One Historical Association (US)

The WW1HA was established in 2011 by the merger of The Great War Society (US) and The Western Front Association U.S. Branch. It provides members with two regular publications, a free e-newsletter, meetings, an annual seminar and tours from the United States to the Western Front battlefields.

The World War One Historical Association

Yeoman: Living History & Theatre in Education 1914-1918

This is a well-established, experienced group which offers education and portrayal of the role of the British Territorial Cavalry, called the Yeomanry, during the First World War. The lives of the men in the Territorial Cavalry and the horses they rode are portrayed by the group by means of displays and educational activities, theatre and television work. The work of women who volunteered to serve at the Front in the Great War is also a key feature of the study by this group.

For information about the Yeoman (10th Essex Yeomanry) Living History Group see their website at:

Website: www.yeomangreatwar.com

Academic Study

Centre for First World War Studies, University of Birmingham

Established on 11th November 2002 the centre has an aim to provides academic courses and events for staff, graduates of Birmingham University and the general public to further their knowledge of and interest in the First World War.

Centre for First World War Studies

International Society for First World War Studies

A Society to bring together postgraduates and more established academics who study the First World War.

International Society for First World War Studies

University of Wolverhampton: First World War Research Group

The First World War Research Group holds study days, master classes and conferences. Directors of the Research Group are Professor Stephen Badsey and Professor Gary Sheffield. For information about the Research Group and forthcoming events visit the website:

Website: www.wlv.ac.uk First World War Research Group

Related Topics

Poppies growing near Connaught Cemetery on the Somme battlefield, France.
Poppies on the Somme battlefield, France.

See our pages about advice and information for visiting the Western Front battlefields and how to find information to research the subject before you visit or find records of a relative who served in the First World War:

Visiting the Western Front Battlefields

WW1 Research and Sources of Information

Tracing World War 1 Family History

Acknowledgements

FFFAIF logo: by kind permission of FFFAIF

Last Post Association logo: by kind permission of the Last Post Association.

The Not Forgotten Association logo: by kind permission of The Not Forgotten Association.

The Western Front Association logo: by kind permission of The Western Front Association.