World War One: United Kingdom & Ireland
The Great War
Please link Geni profiles to this project as well as ONLY ONE of the individual projects listed below
...This helps to reconcile numbers!
Object of this exercise
- To link existing GENi profiles of WW1 personnel (survivors and casualties) to the relevant projects for men and women born in the Channel Islands, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This includes people born in other parts of the world into families from those countries (for example servicemen serving abroad).
- To add as many new profiles and small trees of these WW1 service men and women to GENi as we can.
The long term objective is to see how much can be achieved by 2018.
To do this we need footmen and women!!! If this is something you would like to help with please join this project and get in touch with either Anne-Marie, Terry or June for tips on how to go about this.
Why are we doing this?
The people whose profiles are linked to these projects will be here for posterity, for people to find, connect to, build their trees and honour. They will not be just a list of names, but genealogies which people can find and expand. Once we have managed to add those we can find that are already on GENi we will concentrate on adding those that aren't there yet, building their trees as much as we can. This project is concentrating on the UK - but adding to the other countries as we find them.
There will be a "count-down" running over the last year leading up to the 100 year anniversary of the end of the war - a daily post featuring 2 profiles - one who died on that day 100 years previously, and the other someone whose story is special. Nominations gratefully accepted to add to my spread sheet - please contact me with suggestions June
Please link profiles to ONLY ONE of the following individual projects below AND to this project...
... which is where we are recording progress.
If the birth place of the serviceman is not known or you are unsure of where to place a profile ...
Where possible please add an image to the profile - Memorials and Cemeteries will be added in order to build future projects for well populated locations.
Please also add some information to the "about" section of profiles that establishes the WW1 involvement of the person added.
Free to follow, request to collaborate
To join the project use the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page.
Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance.
See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!
TOTAL ADDED TO DATE - 3753
Up-dated 15th May 2017 - 6.45pm
... in the following sub-projects
- Running Total 36
- Running Total 2812
- Running Total 288
- Running Total 425
- Running Total 86
- Running Total 50
- Running Total 56
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland—then consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and the whole of Ireland—was one of the Allied Powers during the First World War of 1914–1918.
There are other projects for people born in some of the other parts of the world listed on the World War One project. Please contact either Anne-Marie, Terry or June if there are others or some that need to be created!
3903 - 17 Oct 2016 - added to World War One
According to pbs.org there were a total of 8,904,467 mobilised forces, 908,371 deaths 2,090,212, wounded (total casualties 3,190,235),and 191,652 Prisoners and missing for the British Empire.
In January 1916, conscription was introduced, and by the end of 1918, the army had reached its peak of strength of four million men. By 5 September 1914, over 225,000 had signed up to fight in Kitchener's Army.
The British Army of 1914 was very small in comparison with the armies of continental neighbours France and Germany.
8.7 million men served at some time
Men from United Kingdom in army in August 1914: 733,514
plus recruited from England : 4,006,158
plus recruited from Scotland: 557,618
plus recruited from Wales and Monmouth: 272,924
plus recruited from Ireland: 134,202
Outside the UK
Empire contingents sent to serve overseas:
- From Canada: 418,035 of total 628,964 in arms
- From Australian and Tasmania: 330,000 of total 416,809 in arms
- From New Zealand: 100,471of total 220,099 in arms
- Polish Soldiers of World War One
- From South Africa: 74,196 of total 136,070 in arms
- From Newfoundland: 10,610 of total 11,922 in arms
- From West Indies: 16,000 This total to end of 1917
- From other Dominions: 31,000
- South America
Total British Army servicemen available for deployment: 7,165,280
From the Indian Army and other 'coloured troops': 1,524,187
"In general, non-white people and those born in enemy nations were not welcomed into the military. When blacks from Sydney, Nova Scotia volunteered their services, they were told, "This is not for you fellows, this is a white man's war." Nonetheless, some segregated units were formed. In 1915, Aboriginal Canadians were allowed to enlist and accepted into a 114th battalion as well as others. In total, about 3,500 Aboriginal Canadians would serve with the Canadian Forces, but this figure has been disputed. The Canadian Japanese Association in British Columbia put forward a volunteer reserve force of 227 men, some of whom were later admitted into the military. The No. 2 Construction Battalion included black soldiers from both Canada and the United States, the latter having crossed into Canada in order to participate. The over one thousand Black Canadians who served would continue to be segregated during their tour, both on ships and in camps. A deal between the Chinese government and the allies resulted in the enlistment of thousands of Chinese who formed the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) mainly poor Chinese men from the North who were told they would be in non-combatant roles". Reference WIKI Military History of Canada during World War 1
Total force available for deployment: 8,689,467
Related Projects - Not exclusively WW1
Other Related Projects on Geni
- World War 1
- Black British in World War I
- English Battles, Wars and Conflicts - Main Page
- First World War - British Conscientious Objectors
- Jewish Soldiers in World War I (1914-1918)
- Military History of Britain
- World War One - Shot at Dawn
- World War I - Veterans and Survivors
Battles and Campaigns
- Hastings (England) and Environs - WW1
- Rye, East Sussex - WW1
- World War One: Servicemen and Women from Sussex
- 9th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers - Flanders 1916
- Corps of Royal Engineers Including Royal Corps of Signals (Not WW1 specific)
- Royal Berkshire Regiment - WW1
- Royal Engineers - WW1
- Royal Sussex Regiment WW1
According to figures produced in the 1920's by the Central Statistical Office, total British Army casualties were as follows:
- Total killed in action, plus died of wounds, disease or injury, plus missing presumed dead: 956,703
- of which Royal Navy and RFC/RAF casualties were 39,527
- of which, from the British Isles were: 704,803
From Canada, Australia, India and other places: 251,900
Total British Army deaths in France and Flanders: 564,715
- of which 32,098 died of disease or injury
Total British Army deaths on the Gallipoli front: 26,213
Total British Army deaths on all other fronts: 365,375
... where profiles can be linked - a universal project.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Umbrella Project
- Arras and Arras Flying Services Memorials
- Le Touret Memorial and Military Cemetery
- Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery
- Pozieres Memorial and Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boisselle
- Thiepval Memorial
- Tyne Cot Memorial
- Vis-en-Artois - Memorial and British Cemetery, Haucourt
- Ypres Salient Cemeteries
Prisoners of War - WW1
See United Kingdom
- World War One: Prisoners of War - Channel Islands
- World War One: Prisoners of War - England
- World War One: Prisoners of War - Scotland
- World War One: Prisoners of War - Wales
References and Sources
- Hastings and St Leonards Roll of Honour - Hastings and St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser
- The Army Children Archive
- Common British Military Abbreviations - The Long Long Trail
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Lives of the First World War
- 1914-1918 FAQ
- BBC Guides
- WIKI History of the United Kingdom during World War 1
- BBC - Women Combatants
- WIKI List of British Divisions in World War 1
- WW1 Photographs
- 1914-1918 Brothers died
- A Group Photograph
- The Black Presence.co.uk
this project is in History Link