Oldham Historical Research Group

'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.'

from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

1914 - 1918

LINKS - to other websites you may find of interest

Imperial War Museum : North
and a few relevant links :

Imperial War Museum : North

'Lives of the First World War'
Part of The Imperial War Museum's 1914 - 1918 Centenary Project

Podcasts of WW1
Part of The Imperial War Museum's 1914 - 1918 Centenary Project

'Faces of the War'
Part of The Imperial War Museum's 1914 - 1918 Centenary Project
Growing collection of photographs on 'Flickr'
About the project HERE
and HERE

First World War Collections
view pictures on line.


The National Archives
and a few relevant links

The National Archives:

Looking for records of a British soldier after 1913

Medal card indexes 1914-1920 (WO 372)

RAF Officers' service records 1918-1919 (AIR 76)

'Voices of the Armistice'
"that bring to life individual experiences of those
who served in the First World War.
The series was created in 2008 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice"

National Archives : First World War Collections

Prisoner of war interview records 1914-1918 (WO 161)

Unit War Diaries 1914-1922 (WO 95)
Downloadable as .pdf files for a small fee.
Information & Search Page

Guide to searching British Army operations in the First World War

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WO 398)

British Army Nurse records (WO 399)

1915 Merchant Navy Crew Lists

National Archives Blog :
Searchable through author and/or date of posting,
or by a 'tag' eg. 'First World War' or 'My Tommy's War',
or by a keyword such as 'Gallipoli' in the 'Search our Blog, box


Local Links

Museum of the Manchester Regiment:
The Manchesters : 24th Battalion (Oldham Comrades)
The Manchesters : 10th Battalion (Oldham Territorials)

Royton Roll of Honour
An on-going project adding details and information
about the Royton men who lost their lives.

Oldham Remembers

GM1914 - Greater Manchester Blogs
A joint volunteer project between the archives and local studies services
across Greater Manchester.
Stories Includes those from Oldham contributors


Other Links

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Search the data base for soldiers killed in action.
Site provides details of burial or memorial with any known
details of regiment, next of kin, etc,plus photos of cemetery.

CWGC : Discover 14-18
* Discover: Battlefronts - From the High Seas to the Somme, explore the war & its legacy.
* Timeline : Examine Key Events of WW1
* Remembrance Trails : themed to hep plan visits.

The Great War Archive
Oxford University initiative.
Two 'Great War Collections' to search :
* An Illustrated collection of artefacts
* First World War Poetry

'The Long, Long Trail'
The British Army in the War of 1914 - 1918
Its associated forum :
The Great War Forum

The Guardian & The Observer Digital Archive
free newspaper searches but pay to view articles

British Newspaper Archive
free newspaper searches but pay to view articles

website commemorating Australian and New Zealand soldiers

Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association
The annual reports or 'Flag Book' from 1914 tell the story of life on the Home Front
at the outbreak of World War One.
Each digitised report covers part of SSAFA’s 1914 history.
Over 2,000 pages searchable by name or place or by browsing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross
Search for Prisoners taken during the First World War

British Red Cross in WW1
* Personnel records of WW1 Volunteers, overseas and at home
* About Auxilliary Hospitals in WW1
* List of Auxilliary Hospitals in WW1
* Nursing During WW1
* Vounteers during WW1
* Women's involvement with the British Red Cross in WW1
* Rehabilitation after WW1
* Food parcels for POWs
* Treating the wounded on Gallipoli - a nurse's diary

The British Library - WW1
"Over 50 articles about World War One, written by leading experts"


The Great War : 1914-1918
A family website covering a wide range of aspects of the War.

(Ancestry) British Army 1914-1920 Service Records
Free to search but pay to view entries

(Ancestry) British Army pension records from 1914 to 1920 (WO 364)
Free to search but pay to view entries

Scottish Women's Hospitals
Scottish Women's Hospitals (SWH) came into being in 1914 and had
the full financial support of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.

British Military Nurses
A large part of the website is devoted to the period of WW1

'The Common Cause'
NUWSS journal from July 1915 to December 1919
Details of the support given by the NUWSS to supporting care
for the armed forces and for women serving both abroad and at home.
Can be read on-line.

The London Gazette
Free to browse, search and read full pages
Records the names and details of men and women awarded Medal
and Honours, the citations , promotions etc,
* About page
* Indexes (browse)
* Search
* Downloadable medal table
* Re-using & Types of Notices in the London Gazette

BBC News Magazine Articles:

* WW1: The conscientious objectors who refused to fight
* World War One: Military service tribunals and those who did not fight
* The teenage soldiers of World War One

Find a Soldier's Will
Free search for the will of a soldier serving in the British armed forces
between 1850 and 1986.
"Every soldier had to complete a will before they headed to the front line
so that their estate could be dealt with if they lost their life
Copies are downloadable for a fee.

"a multimedia history of world war one"
A website packed with a wide variety of articles and information

British First World War Trench Maps, 1915-1918
Maps of the Western Front in the Great War depicting British and German trenches.
From the National Library of Scotland.
Freely viewable on-line

The Daily Telegraph - 1914 to 1918
"The original Telegraph editions, republished day by day 
Every day from now until the end of 2018 we will be republishing in PDF form the full original edition of The Daily Telegraph of 100 years ago. The archive will grow into a fascinating record of how the First World War was reported, but the accounts of life on the home front - and of a world that was vanishing - are just as gripping



Dunham Massey - Sanctuary from the Trenches
'Sanctuary from the Trenches – Stamford Military Hospital at Dunham Massey Hall'
from Mar 1st 2014 - 11th November 2015
Details on the website

Museum of the Manchester Regiment

Archives at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment

First World War Centenary
Calendar of events as part of
The First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museum

IWM North
Action Stations: The Interactive Timeline

"Visit the interactive family Action Stations around the gallery with activities
such as exploring the smells and creatures of the First World War trench
or revealing the power of the poster during wartime"

from 5th March 2013 - 5th March 2015

link to home page
Link to menu page
WW1 Project information link