Links & Key Sources

Official Web sites Key Sources:
WW1 Museums and Collections British Regimental and unit histories
Regimental & Unit Museums Official accounts
WW1 Organisations Personal accounts
General WW1 Web Sites General accounts
Personal WW1 Web Sites Biographies and Diaries

For a super-comprehensive list of WW1 web sites (but with a particular emphasis on Canadian sites and records) please go to this link and download Borden Battery's pdf file. It is constantly being updated so regular downloads are in order.

Official Web sites

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Details of all military deaths in World Wars One & Two with details of graves, memorials and cemeteries
The National Archives Holds all official documents relating to WW1, soldiers service records, medal rolls, unit War Diaries, Cabinet Papers, etc.,
The London Gazette
On-line searchable Government resource giving details of many gallantry awards as well as official appointments


WW1 Museums and Collections

The Imperial War Museum Links to one-line indexes of documents, photgraphs, films, etc. The IWM holds the London Rifle Brigade records
The National Army Museum Reading room gives access to huge library of books, photographs and documents
Army Museums Ogilby Trust Searchable index of many military museums, books, etc.
The Liddle Collection On-line index to one of the key WW1 resources

The Somme Heritage Centre The Somme Association web site, the centre commemorates the involvement of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions in the Battle of the Somme, the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives


Regimental & Unit Museums

Cheshire Military Museum
London Scottish Regiment Museum
Middlesex Regiment Collection at NAM
Monmouthshire Regiment (now subsumed into the Royal Regiment of Wales
Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment Museum 41 (PLK) Signals Squadron (V) TAC Marlpit Lane Tel: 017375 54023 By Appointment only
Royal Engineers Museum
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Museum HM Tower of London London EC3N 4AB Tel: 020 7488 5610
Firepower! Royal Artillery Museum
Army Medical Services Museum, Keogh Barracks Ash Vale Aldershot Hampshire GU12 5RQ Tel: 01252 868612
Sherwood Foresters Museum
Staffordshire Regment Museum


WW1 Organisations

Western Front Association


General WW1 Web Sites

The Long, Long Trail Simply the best web site on the British Army in WW1
Great War Forum Simply the best WW1 Forum on the internet, part of The Long Long Trail
Lost Generation Ian Bowbrick's new WW1 Forum
World War One Document Archive
The Great War 1914-18
The Old Front Line
Hellfire Corner
The Battlefields of the Somme
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth
The Vickers Machine Gun
First World
Digger History
GCSE Modern World History Revision Site
The Battle of the Somme
The Heritage of the Great War Idiosyncratic but interesting Dutch site
Battle of the Somme Extraordinary graphic displays of the Battle
Battlefields of the Somme Tourist Board of La Somme official site
Trenches on the Web
The Great War
The Great War Series
The Regimental Warpath 1914-18 Detailed Orders of Battle for the British Army


Local & Personal WW1 Web Sites


Front Line London Clive Harris's web site about London in the Great War and The Blitz


21st Division 1914-18
6th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment
Carney: East Yorkshire Regiment Family
Chailey 1914-1918 The story of Chailey, East Sussex and the two voluntary hospitals there during the First World War.
Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials
Derbyshire Lads at War 1914-18 about the Sherwood Foresters whose battalions suffered badly at Gommecourt
FAMILY & MILITARY HISTORY Family and military history of the Spiller and Phillips families,
MEN COULD DO NO MORE The Lonsdale Pals Battalion, 11th (Service)Battalion,Border Regiment, at the Battle of the Somme
The Great War Dedicated to Private George Joseph Hester, 10892, 2nd Bn., South Wales Borderers, Killed in Action 14th May 1915, Aged 19, and Private Frederick Elson, MI/08939 Mechanical Transport ASC. Died 10th July, 1917, Aged 24.
Tour of the Somme Battlefields
Tyneside Scottish Brigade in the First World War
Harry's WW1

Northern Ireland

Battle of Albert 1 July 1916 plus history of the 12th Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrims)
Ballymena 1914-1918 website devoted to Ballymena and District in the First World War.
South Belfast Friends of the Somme Associaton


Belgian Fronts Excellent site about Belgium in two World Wars

Key Sources

British Regimental and unit histories
56th (1st London) Division - Dudley Ward, Maj C A, The Fifty Sixth Division 1914-1918, 1921
1/2nd London Regiment - Gray, Maj W E, 2nd City of London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) in the Great War, Headquarters of the Regiment, 1929
1/4th London Regiment - Grimwade, Capt F Clive, The War History of the 4th Battalion, The London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), Headquarters of the 4th London Regiment, 1922
1/5th London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) - The History of the London Rifle Brigade 1859-1919, Constable and Co. 1921
Mitchinson, K W, Gentlemen and Officers, Imperial War Museum 1995
The LRB Record - various years
1/9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) - Keeson, Maj C A C, Queen Victoria's Rifles,1792-1922, Constable and Co.1923
1/12th London Regiment (The Rangers) - Wheeler-Holohan, Capt A V & Wyatt, Capt G M C Wyatt, The Rangers Historical Records: From 1859 to the conclusion of the Great War, Harrisons and Sons Ltd, 1921
1/13th London Regiment (Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment) - Bailey, Sgt O F & Hollier, Sgt H M, 'The Kensingtons', 13th London Regiment, Regimental Old Comrades Association, 1936
1/14th London Regiment (London Scottish) - Lindsay, Lt Col J H, The London Scottish in the Great War, Regimental Headquarters, 1925
Lloyd, Mark, The London Scottish in the Great War, Pen and Sword, 2001
The London Scottish Gazette - various years
1/16th London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) - Henriques Maj J Q, The War History of the First Battalion, Queen's Westminster Rifles 1914-1918, Medici Society 1923
1/7th Middlesex Regiment - King, Col E J, The History of the 7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, Harrison and Sons, 1927
1/5th Cheshire Regiment (Earl of Chester's) - Churton, Lt Col W A V, The War Record of the 1/5th (Earl of Chester's) Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment August 1914-June 1919, Phillipson and Golder 1920
Royal Army Medical Corps - G Blair, Dr J S, 'In Arduis Fidelis', Centenary History of the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898-1998, Scottish Academic Press 1998.
The 2/1st London Field Ambulance, Morton, Burt and Sons, 1924
The Second-Seconds in France, Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and Co Ltd., 1920
Atkinson, Arthur, 2/3rd City of London Field Ambulance 1914-18 London soldiers - unarmed comrades, privately published 1977.
Royal Artillery - Farndale, Gen. Sir Martin, History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Western Front 1914-18, Royal Artillery Institution, 1986


Official accounts
Edmonds, Brig Gen Sir James E, Official History of the War: Military Operations, France and Belgium 1916, Volume 1 and Maps and Appendices
Somme Nord Vol 1, Reichsarchiv, Oldenburg 1927


Personal accounts
Bickersteth, John (editor), The Bickersteth Diaries Leo Cooper 1995
Dolden, A Stuart, Cannon Fodder, Blandford Press 1980
Hawkings Frank, From Ypres to Cambrai, The Elmfield Press 1973
Hodder, Williams J E (editor), One Young Man, Hodder and Stoughton, 1917
Liveing Edward G, Attack, MacMillan 1918, republished by Strong Oak Press 1986
Smith, A, Four Years on the Western Front, Naval and Military Press 1999
Wolff, Anne, Subalterns of the Foot, Square One, 1992


General accounts
Cave, Nigel, Gommecourt, Battleground Europe Series, Pen and Sword, 1998
Farrar-Hockley, Gen Sir A H, 'The Somme', B T Batsford 1966
Hart, Peter, The Somme, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2005
Keegan, John, The Face of Battle, Penguin, 1976.
Macdonald, Lyn, Somme, Michael Joseph 1983 and Papermac 1984
Middlebrook, Martin, The First Day on the Somme, Penguin 1971
Prior R & Wilson T, The Somme, Yale University Press, 2005
Sheffield, G, The Somme, Cassell, 2003
Sheldon, J, The German Army on the Somme 1914-16, Pen and Sword 2005


Biographies and Diaries
Boraston J.H., O.B.E., ed. Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches, Dec. 1915 - Apr 1919. J. M. Dent; 1919
Duff Cooper, Haig, 1935
Gardner, Brian, Allenby, Cassell 1965
Home, Brig Gen Sir Archibald, The Diary of a World War One Cavalry Officer, Costello, 1985
Lloyd George, David, War Memoirs, 1931
Prior R & Wilson T, Command on the Western Front: The Military Career of Sir Henry Rawlinson 1914-18, Blackwell Publishers 1992
Savage, R, Allenby of Armageddon, Bobbs-Merrill, 1926
Sheffield G & Bourne J, Douglas Haig, War Diaries and Letters, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2005
Terraine, John, Haig: The Educated Soldier, Leo Cooper, 1990
Warner, Philp, Field Marshall Earl Haig, Bodley Head, 1991