The sources we have used to compile this A-Z are as follows –
CWGC – Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The main national organisation that was set up to commemorate those who were killed. Originally called the Imperial War Graves Commission, it was founded by Fabian Ware in 1917. It changed its name to ‘Commonwealth’ in 1960. It commemorates 1.7 million service men and women as well as civilians, from six member states. No doubt you will have seen the small white headstones in various cemetery’s throughout Britain and especially the row upon row of them in the CWGC graveyards.
Its remit is purely to commemorate those that died.
SDGW – Soldiers Died Great War.
In 1921 on behalf of The War Office, His Majesty’s Stationery Office published 80 books listing those that had died in the Great War. 700,000 individuals were listed. These volumes are now available on a searchable CD Rom.
SERVICE/PENSION PAPERS – Available to view on Ancestry.Co.uk
Seven million men and women served during the war. Their papers were stored in a warehouse that was hit during bombing of London in WW2. About two million sets of papers survived the blast and fire. So there is a 40% chance of finding your relatives papers. In these papers you will find attestation, discharge and medical papers as well as casualty forms among other personal information.
MIC’s – Medal Index Cards. Again, available to view on Ancestry.
These cards show the recipients entitlement to campaign medals. They also show rank, unit, and the theatre of war entered. A full list of medals and the criteria needed for an entitlement is available on the National Archives web site.
SHEFFIELD LOCAL STUDIES –
Fantastic staff and very helpful.
Numerous sources there, including local papers and books.
Sheffield Independent Newspaper, Sheffield Telegraph, Sheffield Year Book and Record, Sheffield Independent War Album etc.
HEADSTONE IMAGES -
We have also trawled Sheffield’s burial grounds photographing any headstone that bears an inscription relating to the Great War. Some 1,500 images in all. These are very helpful in confirming details of some of the casualties. It is also to keep a photographic record of the headstone as many are now in need of repair due to erosion.
MEMORIALS AND ROLLS OF HONOUR –
We have photographed and transcribed over 200 memorials and roll’s of honour from all over Sheffield. Mostly in places of worship but also from factories and schools etc.
There are still some out there that need ‘finding’ and transcribing. Overall 22,000 names on the 200 we have located and transcribed.