Help us to tell the stories of millions of men and women
The Imperial War Museum was founded in 1917 ‘not as a monument to military glory’, but to record the 'toil and sacrifice’ of everyone who had served in uniform or worked on the home front during the First World War.
Now, in the digital age, we can work together to achieve that vision by creating the permanent digital memorial. More than 7.6 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth contributed to the First World War – help ensure that they are not forgotten and that their stories are properly told and saved for future generations.
Remember a Life Story
We are creating a Life Story for every man and woman who made a contribution during the First World War, whether they died during the war or survived the conflict. We are asking you to ‘Remember’ them.
By using the ‘Remember’ button on each Life Story, you can mark the individuals that you wish to commemorate. It is also a way to bookmark the Life Stories that you're interested in so that you can return to them easily. You could Remember a relative, a name on your local war memorial or somebody that used to play for your local football team. And you can Remember as many people as you wish.
Upload your images
Do you have precious family mementoes that you could share? If you have:
- Photos of your First World War connection
- Certificates, documents or letters
- Pictures of medals or personal items
upload them to your First World War connection’s Life Story, so they can reveal more about their story and be saved for future generations.
Tell their story in their words
With your help, we can add a personal perspective to a Life Story and go beyond the facts of medals and service records. Share a story about your First World War connection, such as:
- A diary entry
- A story passed down through the family
Piece together their Life Story
So that we pass on a rich and accurate legacy to future generations, the permanent digital memorial is based on evidence. So, before you can add a fact to a Life Story, we ask that you first find and share the evidence that proves it.
We offer 3 ways of connecting evidence to a Life Story:
- Upload an image
- External references – have you already found information about your First World War connection on another website, in a book or in official documents? Tell everyone else where to find it too
- Official Records - search through 487 million digitised and transcribed military and genealogy records including service files and census returns. Search them for free all in one place and then subscribe to view as many as you wish
Follow our short Guide to searching official records
Reunite them with friends and comrades
At the heart of Lives of the First World War are the Life Stories of more than 7.6 million individuals. These people did not live, work and die alone; they shared experiences before, during and after the war. They may have been a member of a battalion, part of a family, a worker at a factory, a player on a football team or one of those commemorated on a village memorial.
Communities are a way for you to group together the Life Stories of individuals you’re interested in. Everyone can view Communities and as a special feature, Friends of Lives of the First World War (subscribers) can also create and manage their own Communities.
Tell Your Friends
Show your friends and family who you’re Remembering. Share your First World War connection so others can also pay their respects to the men and women you care about.