WW1 Remembrance Projects
This page lists a variety of projects and activities carried out in the spirit of “Remembrance”, specifically to remember the generation of 1914-1918 who lived through the Great War or who were casualties on land, at sea or in the air.
During the Centenary commemoration of the First World War in 2014-2018 many projects of Remembrance are being undertaken by communities, organizations, regional authorities and individuals. Researchers and family historians will undoubtedly be interested to know about the name lists and rolls of honour being researched and compiled. Have a look at the projects below - you may be able to help add some invaluable information to help keep the memory alive of the military personnel and civilians who were involved in the Great War of 1914-18.
If you are involved in a project to further knowledge about the First World War, you are looking to find volunteers or you are hoping people can help to contribute information to your project, tell us about your project. Contact us at:
Featured Remembrance Projects
Index to our featured Name Lists, Rolls of Honour, and War Grave Projects:
- Australian War Graves Photographic Archive
- British War Graves: War Graves Photographs
- Lijssenthoek Project (Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery)
- Lives of the First World War (Imperial War Museum Database Project)
- The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
- Names List Project (West Flanders Fields Database Project)
- New Zealand War Graves Project
- North East War Memorials Project
- Passchendaele Roll of Honour Project (Memorial Museum Passchendaele Project, Belgium)
- St. John Ambulance Volunteers Archive Records
- South Africa War Graves Project
- The Thiepval Database Project (Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme)
- The War Graves Photographic Project
Arts and research projects, historical preservation, personal interpretations of Remembrance and more:
- “And We Were Young” Animation Film Project
- The Army Children of the First World War (The Army Children Archive)
- Flanders Fields 1914-2014 Memorial Garden
- Gateways to the First World War Project (University of Kent)
- The Glorious Dead: Crowdfunding a novel about the post-war battlefield clearances
- Great War Huts
- The LMS Patriot Steam Engine Project
- Legacies of War
- Military Boots Sewing Project (Trent to Trenches)
- Remembrance Image Project (Photographs 100 Years On)
- Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers
- Trench Brothers
Programmes and collections of resources brought together to commemorate the centenary:
- Our/Your War Stories (New South Wales State Library)
Started in the year 2000 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.
The AWGPA seeks volunteers to help with the project by way of being a supporter and/or a photographer. The majority of photographs of graves have been taken, but if you think the archive may not have a photograph please make contact. The archive is looking to add photographs of local Australian war memorials. Pages on the AWGPA website can be sponsored financially or in kind. Websites can link to the project to show support.
To find out more see our page at:
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.
A project to build a new visitors' centre at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery was started in 2009 and the centre was completed in 2012. An important part of the project has been to collect stories about as many of the 10,000 casualties buried in the cemetery as possible.
If you have a relative or research information about a casualty buried in this cemetery the project would like to hear from you. For details of who to contact see our page at:
Lives of the First World War (Imperial War Museum Database Project)
The IWM has launched a website to create a permanent digital memorial, asking people to add content onto the website to provide details of the men and women listed on this huge database. Help the IWM piece together the Life Stories of over 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front during the First World War.
The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
This is a photographic project in memory of Canada's war dead. With the help of volunteers the aim is to photograph every Canadian war grave from the South African War (1899-1902) to the present day. To find out more and how you can help visit the website.
Names List Project (West Flanders, Belgium)
This project is co-ordinated by the In Flanders Fields Museum (Ypres) and GONEWEST (Westhoek Remembrance Programme 2014-18). The aim is to compile a register of all the civilian and military victims who died in the Westhoek (West Flanders) region of Flanders in Belgium as a result of the First World War. Students and school groups are invited to contribute to the work of this project as volunteers. For information, to search the list and find out how you can contribute see the In Flanders Fields Museum website:
Website: www.inflandersfields.be Name List
New Zealand War Graves Project
The New Zealand War Graves Trust is undertaking a project to compile a photographic and digital archive of New Zealand war memorials, graves and individuals who served in conflicts from the South African War of 1899-1902 to the present day. To find out more visit the website.
North East War Memorials Project
The North East War Memorials Project was set up to record the war memorials located in the north-east of England encompassing the counties of Northumberland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham. The NWEMP is working closely with the War Memorials Archive (formerly the National Inventory of War Memorials) and is now forming the north-east part of the national project to archive all the war memorials in the United Kingdom.
For more information about the project in the north-east and how you can get involved see the website:
Passchendaele Roll of Honour Project
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, Belgium, is carrying out a project to put faces and stories to the names of the dead and missing of the Battle of Passchendaele 1917. Contributions to the Roll of Honour will help to create a personal record with photographs, family documentation and information from military sources.
If you have an ancestor who fought in the Third Battle of Ypres during July to November 1917 and if they died in action or died of their wounds and you have information about the person the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 would like to hear from you. For more information you can email or visit the museum's website to download a questionnaire to fill in details of your ancestor.
Website: www.mmp.zonnebeke.be Archives Project
St. John Ambulance Volunteers Archive Records
The moving testimonial of a St John Ambulance nurse who volunteered to save soldiers’ lives during the First World War is soon to be given a new life in digital format, as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Museum of the Order of St John has received £69,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to tell the story of Veronica Nisbet, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse who served at the St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Étaples, northern France during the First World War.
Working in collaboration with staff at the Museum, St John Ambulance Cadets (aged between 10 and 17) will learn new skills as they explore the charity’s wartime heritage and create an interactive learning resource based upon Veronica’s memories. Once complete in September 2015 (the hundredth anniversary of the first convoy of patients arriving at the Hospital in Étaples), the learning resource will be made available in the Museum as well as online to commemorate the 45,000 St John volunteers who, by the end of the First World War, had answered the call for Voluntary Aid to support the Armed Services. Additionally, the funding received will enable the Museum to increase public access to the fascinating First World War materials in its St John Archive including diaries, photographs and official correspondence with the War Office.
To find out about the project and how to access the records you can visit the museum website:
South Africa War Graves Project
The aim of the project is to photograh the grave of every South African and Rhodesian war grave from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War to the present day. Visit the website to find out more and to view the research compiled to date.
The Thiepval Database Project
Since 2003 Pam and Ken Linge have been compiling a database of photographic and biographical details for the 72,000 officers and men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Anyone with information about a relative or research material for a soldier commemorated on this memorial is invited to contact the project. In September 2015 Pam and Ken published the book Missing But Not Forgotten. See link below in Related Reading.
For more information go to our page at:
The War Graves Photographic Project
The War Graves Photographic Project is a voluntary project to create a photographic record of every British and Commonwealth war grave and memorial inscription from the First World War.
Artistic and Academic Projects, Personal Interpretations of Remembrance and more:
Animator Andy Smetanka has successfully achieved his goal of finding funding for a full length animated documentary about the experience of the United States Army in the Great War. Andy has the First World War as one of his main interests. He has made an animated documentary of the American involvement on the Western Front. This unusual and original interpretation of the soldiers in the First World War combines animated silhouettes and cut paper with the words of soldiers who were there. The film was released in February 2015.
To see a short clip (4 mins) of Andy's project see:
The Army Children of the First World War
“The Army Children of the First World War” project has been established by The Army Children Archive (TACA) as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums).
TACA highlights the plight of the army children of the First World War primarily visually, using two online galleries of images accessed via Flickr:
- The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families consists of a set of photographic portraits of army children and their families photographed between 1914 and 1918. Ten images have initially been posted, after which further images will be added weekly. Any known information about the faces and families pictured, or any clues offered by the photographs themselves, accompany the images. Viewers are invited to fill any information gaps and, if possible, to identify these forgotten faces.
- The Army Children of the First World War: a Sentimental View displays a selection of First World War-era sentimental postcards and ephemera featuring army children, and children generally. Many of these images were intended to tug at the heartstrings; others, to arouse patriotic feelings; another category reflects, through the prism of childhood, national preoccupations during the Great War. The initial ten images will similarly be augmented weekly.
To find out more or to make a contribution to the project you can contact TACA at the website:
Email: www.archhistory.co.uk Contact Form
Website: www.archhistory.co.uk 14-18
Website (The Army Children Archive - TACA): www.archhistory.co.uk
Flanders Fields 1914-2014 Memorial Garden
The Guards Museum in London commissioned the Flanders Fields 1914-2014 Memorial Garden to be constructed in Wellington Barracks near the Guards Chapel. The garden was unveiled on 6 November 2014 at a special ceremony.
For more information about the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden see the website:
Website: www.memorial2014.duo.be Memorial Garden
Gateways to the First World War Project (University of Kent)
Gateways to the First World War is a centre for public engagement with the Great War centenary. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The aim of the project is to encourage and support public interest in the centenary through a range of events and activities. These include open days, study days, advice on access to materials, expertise and resources.
The Glorious Dead: Crowdfunding a novel about the post-war battlefield clearances
When the guns stop firing, Jack starts digging - not trenches now, but graves. But will those who bury the dead lay their own wartime ghosts? And what secrets remain on the battlefields of Flanders?
Author Tim Atkinson is passionate about his project to bring his book based on the subject of post-war battlefield clearances to fruition. He is crowdfunding this fictional story based on years of research into this lesser known topic in studies of the Great War. He is determined to be able to bring out the book in time for the centenary of the Armistice. For a synopsis and to pledge your support visit the Unbound website:
Website: unbound.co.uk The Glorious Dead
Great War Huts
A project to rescue and preserve a number of original First World War wooden huts which will form a groundbreaking new First World War Visitor Centre near Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, England. Find out more and how you can get involved:
This is a project to build a Patriot Class steam locomotive from scratch. The project aims:
- To build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design compatible for running on the mainline.
- To create the new National Memorial engine, which will be named “The Unknown Warrior”.
- To complete the engine in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.
For further details see our page with links to the LMS Patriot Project at:
Legacies of War
A project run by colleagues at the University of Leeds who have research interests in the First World War. The project will organize cultural events in Leeds during 2014-2018. The research and activities during the centenary years will be structured around 5 themes: Yorkshire and the Great War, Culture and the Arts, Science and Technology, War and Medicine and War and Resistance.
For more information about the project and the events see the website:
Website: arts.leeds.ac.uk Legacies of War
Military Boots Sewing Project: Trent to Trenches (Nottingham City & County 1914-1918)
As Great Britain commemorates the centenary of World War One, artist Joy Pitts has created a work incorporating the names of 520 servicemen and women. The names have been sewn by hand and assembled into an image of a pair of military boots. Joy provided the materials for volunteers to hand-sew the names onto strips of cotton tape which then became part of an art work on canvas depicting a pair of military boots. During World War One it was common for both men and women to sew; repairing clothing at home and in the trenches, embroidering messages to send to loved ones and sewing bandages. This project recalls these activities. To see the finished work, visit Joy's website:
Website: www.joypitts.co.uk/blog/ Joy's Blog
Website: www.joypitts.co.uk Military Boots
Remembrance Image Project
Photographer Simon Gregor is creating a library of creative photographs documenting key sites associated with the First World War. Where possible the photos will be taken at a point in time close to the 100th anniversary of a battle action in the same location. By publishing the images it will create an archive for future generations to see and reflect on.
The images will also be used to create workshops, exhibitions, free resource packs and presentations for students and community groups. In addition to the images photographed for the project, a Twitter feed and a facebook page have been set up so that people can share their own photos with others. See the website for more about the project.
Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers
Trench Brothers is a project set up by the independent music charity HMDT to commemorate the achievements and contributions made by ethnic minority forces. The project combines a wide range of curriculum-linked, arts and skills-based activities with a new music theatre work. Recently cited by David Cameron and described as “imaginative and inspiring” by the government’s representative for the First World War Commemorations, Dr Andrew Murrison MP, the project has had an amazing reception from the schools which have taken part in 2014. Trench Brothers (which is for Year 5 and/or 6 students), is now being offered to schools for the summer and autumn terms 2015, and will be repeated again in 2016.
For more information go to the HMDT website:
Website: www.hmdt.org.uk Trench Brothers
WW1 Collections & Resources
Our/Your War Stories
Collections in the New South Wales State Library, brought together in themes to reflect Australia's experience of war. Themes include daily life at the fighting front, love and friendship, children in war, and entertainment for the troops. The collections of archive material include diaries, letters, newspapers, posters and photographs. The library is interested to hear from anyone who may be able to add to the collection or can give additional detail to the stories, photos and mementoes already held there. See the website to find out more about the collections and how you can contribute.
Missing but Not Forgotten: Men of the Thiepval Memorial - Somme [hardcover]
by Ken Linge and Pam Linge
This excellent book is published after more than 10 years of dedicated research into the men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Ken and Pam Linge are behind the Thiepval Database Project and have been collecting biographical information on the missing men since 2003. 288 pages. Published by Pen & Sword Military (2 Sept 2015), ISBN-10: 1473823587; ISBN-13: 978-1473823587