​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The following list has been compiled with kind assistance from Tony Foster, Brian Houghton, Ray Smith, ​Stephen Smith, Blackburn Museum and Blackburn with Darwen Library & Information Service. 

The following resources are available to use free of charge in Blackburn, Darwen, Livesey, Mill Hill and Roman Road Libraries:  Ancestry and Find My Past

For general information about the First World War the following websites are very useful: The Long, Long Trail and the BBC World War 1

Locally, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are publishing events to commemorate the Centenary in "The Shuttle": Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 

"The Lancashire Telegraph" is also publishing information from their archives: Lancashire Telegraph World War 1


Army, Air Force, Navy

National Army Museum

National Maritime Museum

Royal Airforce Museum

Royal Naval Museum​​​​

Royal Air Force Commands​

East Lancashire Regiments

Accrington Pals

8th East Lancs​

The Lancashire Fusiliers

The Lancashire Infantry Museum

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment​


Foreign Interest

Canadian Great War Project
Discovering Anzacs
Finding Names in the Landscape. In Search of Missing Canadian Soldiers of WW1
Gallipoli Association
Information and stories from Europe and beyond
Western Front Association


General resources useful for First World War information

British Newspaper Archive

Forces War Records



Military Family History

Prinsoners of War

VAD Nurses​

Wills (British Armed Forces 1850-1986)


Ireland, Scotland & Wales​

Ireland - Soldiers' Wills

National Ar​chive Scotland​

Scotland's People

National Library Wales

Wales 1914


National: British Library, Imperial War Museum, National Archives

British Library

Imperial War Museum

Lives of the First World War

National Archives

Operation War Diary


War Graves & Memorials
Balderstone, Mellor, Mellor Brook and Osbaldeston

Brindle Historical Society War Memorials

Chorley Pals Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

National Inventory: War Memorials Archive
Ramsgreave War Dead

World War One Cemeteries

War Graves Photographic Project

War Memorials Online

War Memorials Trust

In from the Cold (This group will research anyone missing from the Commonwealth War Grave Commission)


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