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If you're interested in finding out about the Great War, before, during or after, you'll find much to help you among the listed sites on this page. If you think there are others that merit addition to this list, then please email me with the details.

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The British Army in the Great War from Chris Baker provides an unrivalled wealth of information on military and other matters, and I'd especially recommend it as a place to go as a starting point for research into your own family's Great War history. 

If you are looking for someone to aid you with your research on a paid basis then you might like to take a look at Tom Tulloch-Marshall's site. He is a professional researcher who may be able to help you in your search.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: This is the organisation responsible for maintaining hundreds of thousands of war graves across the world. The Debt of Honour register must be the one of the first ports of call for anyone beginning the search for information on a Great War Casualty. By accessing this database you can easily find details of any soldier's unit, date of death, and place of burial or commemoration.

Counter Attack: Michele Fry's enthusiasm for Siegfried Sassoon inspired this site and it contains a wealth of literary and cultural information with a WW1 theme

FirstWorldWar.com is turning out to be a beautifully produced, comprehensive, multimedia history. Take a look at Michael Duffy's labour of love.

Hellfire Corner : Thanks to Tom Morgan, this continues to be a site of immense importance to anyone interested in the Great War.

The Imperial War Museum (which incidentally now has dispensed with admission charges) has some interesting online information  - and a mail order section

The Memorial Gates Trust website tells the story of the long overdue building of a memorial to mark the enormous sacrifices made by nearly five million volunteers from the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean who served with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars.

Photographs of the First World War: A very valuable resource for anyone with an interest in the Great War. New photographs being added all the time.

Public Record Office (Great Britain): A very user friendly site for all historians amateur or professional

The Royal British Legion: looking after the interests of former soldiers and their families.

Trenches on the Web: An astonishingly comprehensive site; probably the inspiration for most of the other sites listed on this page.

The Western Front Association: Home page of the WFA. The member's journal Stand To is well-worth the modest price of membership. The WFA's Nottingham based East Midlands branch has its own site, as does the Merseyside branch. Feedback from visitors will be much appreciated

Shot at Dawn has a very clear message "Over three hundred innocent British and Commonwealth soldiers were brutally gunned down by the authorities, not in the name of justice, but as a stupid, spiteful and shameful example to others.  Most were clearly shell-shocked.  This website exposes the farce of so-called military justice"

Personal Views/Projects

Andrew Tatham's Photo Project : Andrew's five-star site is the fruit of his researches into the stories of a group of officers from the Royal Berkshire regiment pictured in a photograph taken on Salisbury plain in 1915.

Anzacs is the work of John Woods, who writes "At the age of 67 I feel that it is now the last contribution to Australia that I can make." It's a fascinating, beautifully designed site and let's hope John has a great many years left to expand it. 

With The Archaeology of the Western Front 1914-1918Nils Fabiansson has begun to take a look at this important aspect of Great war studies

A Canadian's Visit to Vimy Ridge is John Stephens' personal account of his trip to the Flanders battlefields. Some excellent photographs here.

Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching is Peter Barnes' tribute to those who fought and died for his country. You can read about and hear the whole song on this site, but if you would like a brief sample (RealAudio) then please click here.

Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar : Ian Jones tells the story of his relative Captain Chavasse, covering his heroic life, war career, and death (in 1917).

Ed Lengel's WWI page : contains a comprehensive bibliography of Great War memoirs and diaries essential to anyone wanting to find out about the human side of the conflict.

Executed for Example commemorates all the alleged 'cowards' who faced a firing squad comprised of their comrades but pays particular and detailed attention to thirteen individual cases. 

Great War Churches is Jim Fanning's newest site. Although still its early stages, his plan is to develop the site to reflect the enormous variety of First World War memorials that exist in parish churches.

New Zealand and the Great War : Peter Hoar's site about the war as it affected his country. You must read Uttermost Ends, his essay about war and its effects.

The Plastic Surgery Archives, Frognal Centre for Medical Studies: Doctor Andrew Barnji maintains this site. Definitely not for the squeamish, it's a terrible, sobering lesson in what modern warfare can do to the human body.

A Scottish village and the Great War: Jim Fanning's fascinating, well-researched site about the long-lasting effects of war on just one small community.

The Thin Blue Line is Geoff Foster's memorial to those police officers from Sussex forces who served and died in the Great War.

An Unfortunate Region: from the Netherlands, this site - created by Peter Van Heuvel and Marco Hoveling - covers a range of topics about the Great War battlefields, and related matters.

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