Useful resources for First World War researchers
If you're researching the First World War, the following museums, archives, websites and databases may be helpful.
Leeds University Library Liddle Collection
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
0113 343 5663
Prisoners of war
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX
01628 634 221
Hospital Records Database (Wellcome Trust/National Archives)
This database provides information on the existence and location of the records of UK hospitals. There are currently over 2,800 entries, compiled by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. However, please be aware that British Red Cross hospitals are very sparsely represented, as they were temporary establishments and not part of the existing hospital system.
National Trust properties
Contact the relevant property for information about their collections. Contact details can be found on the National Trust website: nationaltrust.org.uk or telephone 0844 800 1895.
London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB
020 7332 3820
Local archive services: The National Archives Directory contains contact details for record repositories across the United Kingdom: discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/find-an-archive.
- The National Archives guide to First World War records
- First World War Centenary Partnership
- The Long, Long Trail - a website detailing the order of battle for the British army in the First World War, including sections on how to research a soldier and the battles and battlefields of the war.
- The Great War Forum
‘Tracing your Prisoner of War Ancestors, The First World War: A guide for family historians’ by Sarah Paterson (London: Imperial War Museum, 2012).