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2014 marks a century since the outbreak of World War I. On July 28 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a world war that would last four years and result in millions of casualties.

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  • Luigi Bernardis

    July 12, 2014

    My uncle Luigi Masini
    Died whilst serving in the Italian army, during WW1 I would like to find out from military records the date of his birth ( circa 1896) ; the date of his death (91915-1918) and place of death ( Italian – Austrian Front)

  • Stephen Weinstein

    July 13, 2014

    A large number of World War One medals were discovered in New Jersey. They had the names of the intended recipients on them, but did not seem to have been distributed (based on the large number of medals found together in storage). Because the intended recipients (or their families) could not be located, they were distributed in the late 1980’s to local Cub Scouts in Montclair, NJ, who were supposed to care for them as a way of honoring the soldiers, etc., who had been supposed to receive them.

    For example, my brother received one that said

    G. Carrington in “the World War” 1917 – 1918.

    Does anyone know more of this story? Were the medals for issued by the local government for Montclair residents who served in the war? Were these federally-issued medals that were supposed to be distributed at the railroad depot to those who boarding trains to go to war and/or getting off trains when returning from war, but went into storage when the intended recipients took different routes and did not go through the planned railroad station?

    Also, if anyone has any of these medals, especially if they have rare names, please post the names, or e-mail them to me if there are privacy concerns. I now have access to research methods that did not exist in the 1980’s. For example, I can see whether they belonged to local residents or to residents of distant towns on the same railroad line, and whether they survived the war.

  • Peter

    July 15, 2014

    For Steven Weinstein: Re, WW I medals

    An image of one of the medals would help; are they related to this mystery?

  • Legacy Tree

    July 16, 2014

    We blogged about this today, along with a list of other helpful free WWI databases worldwide:

  • Kachnik

    July 16, 2014

    My grandfather received the Iron Cross as a physician

  • Shirley Forde

    July 16, 2014

    I should like to find out all about my father William John Pepper Born 04/01/1896 in East London (Spitalfields) England U.K. who fought in WW1 in the Seventh City of London Regiment and fought in France and served in the Royal Corps of Signals and returned to the UK after the War ended.

  • Sandra Rumfeldt

    July 16, 2014

    My father, John Allan Matthews, is on your list as a Canadian Soldier in World War I; he also served in WWII because when he served in WWI, he was underage. I plan to continue with my, but not until the fall when I can’t get outside as much.

  • Sandra Rumfeldt

    July 16, 2014

    As well, I looked up Rumfeld and RUMFELDT and found many, many, relatives so I am interested as well in looking these up.

  • Alfred “Ed Moch” Cota

    July 17, 2014

    My GrandFather, Norman D. Cota, was a West Point Grad. of 1917, and was sent to the front right after. In an unusual point of view… while on the field, he was quickly promoted twice, to the rank of Major and sent back to The States, where he became a Commander in The New York City Area and shortly after, became an Instructor at West Point.
    Though he was noted for some minor contributiond in advances in Military Strats… he would become better known in World War Two, Reaching the rank ofMaj. General.

  • Elaine LaRochelle

    July 17, 2014

    I wonder about my uncle Marcel Joubert who immigrated from France to Canada with his parents just before WW1 and then went back to France to fight with his country and died there I think.

  • Margie Lou Hall

    July 17, 2014

    I would like more information on my grandfather, William Homer Brown, born in IL (I think), in 1884, and died in CA in 1962. I know he was in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, both WW I and WW II. I’d like to find out more about his military career. If anyone can help, thank you in advance.

  • Dallas Phelps

    July 17, 2014

    My great-uncle Brady Jacob Boozer of Newberry County, South Carolina served in the U.S. Infantry in Europe and survived the war to return to his native state. He married locally and had two sons who survived him.


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  • Joan Moody

    July 17, 2014

    My grandfather, John Henry Kramer served in the US Forces during WW I as a 1st LT. and Capt Infantry. Was wounded while imbedded with a British unit that was at the Flanders Front at Arras. I have his record which states that he was invalided out of hospital after being wounded with a British Unit at Arras in 1917. After being wounded he was a POW escort company commander at Cologne, Germany.

  • Joyce Lozier Purucker

    July 18, 2014

    My father, Jesse Lozier was a private with 30th Co. 20th engineers. Service with American Expeditionary Forces from Nov. 12, 1917 until May 17, 1919

  • Nelma McKinzie

    July 19, 2014

    my uncle Frank Scott fought in WWI and died in France, he is burried in a national cemetery in France.

  • John Clifford Nichols

    July 21, 2014

    Born nov 1899 in Sussex

  • John Clifford Nichols

    July 21, 2014

    John joined the war at the age of 16.he was a big lad for his age.

  • cavagnino

    July 21, 2014

    My Italian Grandfather [1st name unknown] Cavagnino, fought in the Italian Army during the 1st world war. The family would love to know more details. He lived with his family in northern Italy in the village of Crusinallo.

  • Earle(bill) Carr

    July 22, 2014

    Earle (bill) Carr

    My father Lelie william Carr joinrd the army very young. He never spoke about the war, ecept once. I did my national service and I joined a cavalry regiment, the 7th Hussar. He said I was in Cambia at the first bi Tank battle. He was in the Warwickhire/worstershire regimet

  • G. Feeney

    July 23, 2014

    My Irish grandfather, Patrick Feeney, Pvt. Connaught Rangers,
    KIA 22 July 1915, Also, took the Royal Shilling & joined the Rangers, for the Boer War. Incidently, when I started this search earlier, I was unaware that today was the 99th anniversary of his death. There must have been some action that day, because I found 3 other Feeneys in the Connaught Rngrs, who were killed that day.

  • Paolo Pochettino

    July 23, 2014

    My grandfather Vincenzo Pochettino fought the White War in Dolomites from 1816 until 1818, he survived war and an avalanche. His regiment was 8th Fortress Artillery under Pale di San Martino.

  • Gian Paolo Bertelli

    July 23, 2014

    Masini Luigi, born near Bologna 10 september 1895
    was dead in the Hospital in Cremona in October 1917.
    Maini was in the 98° Compagnia Presidiaria.

  • Nona Chubboy

    July 23, 2014

    I have proof Louis Matthew Chubboy was an Army Sargent and was highly decorated!

  • paolo amat di san filippo

    July 23, 2014

    My grandfather General Giovanni Maria Garruccio, during the I Mondial War was Chief of Italian Information Service, ad had the following decorations: French Ordre de la Lègion d’of Honneur; English Order of Bath; Belgian Ordre of Leopold; Russian Order of Saint Anna; Serbian Order of the Withe Eagle with Swords

  • L.V.COOK

    July 25, 2014

    great great grandfather, buried somewhere in france

  • Anne Arana

    July 25, 2014

    Looking for records of what my relatives did in the First World War – Gilbert Bell and James William Birkett of Keighley, Christopher Parkinson from Bradford, Lawrence Ethelbert Wall of Haworth, James William Preston of Stanbury. We know Gilbert Bell was very young and that he was wounded, as was James William Preston. Any further information anyone has will be much appreciated.

  • Thomas Fleming

    July 26, 2014

    My grandfather born in Ireland was a resident of Gympie Qld when he enlisted

  • Katherine Hunter

    October 19, 2014

    Owen Hunter born around 1875 in Georgia. Sister Sarah three years older and three years younger is brother Robert. Robert and family moved to Broward County, Florida around 1925 or 30. Left plenty of relatives in Georgia.

  • Arthur Birchall

    October 28, 2014

    My uncle William Birchall won the Military Medal in 1918. His army number was 26871 and his regiment 2/S.LAN.R
    The award was published in the London Gazette issue30768 25.6.1918 Page 7587. I have his medal but cannot find out what he won it for. I have paid twice to people who will only tell me that he won the medal and I will have to pay more to go further which I feel is disgusting in this centenary year. Can you help. Regards

  • Robert Jones

    November 15, 2014

    Served in France with 6th battalion South Wales borderers

  • Robert Jones

    November 15, 2014

    Born 5 June 1899 enlisted at Wrexham 4, July 1917 served in France with 6th battalion South Wales borderers.

  • Leonora Lloyd-Evans nee Hepburn

    April 25, 2017

    I would like to know if my grandfather was a veteran of wwI his name was
    NIGEL HEPBURN his wife’s name was
    Unfortunately I don’t know his DOB

  • Linda Waters

    December 19, 2017

    I would like to find information about our grandfather, Luigi Parla. Born in Italy 1899 and migrated to Elmira,NY in 1910. Served in military in WWI. AFter discharge treated many years for mustard gas poisoning. We’d like to know where he served. His ‘dog tags’ have his name as Luigi Parla. Apparently, when he arrived in the US his last name was mistakenly written as Parla instead of he real name Parlo.

  • Katherine Lianne Cloke

    February 5, 2018

    I would like to find where my grandfather fought in France in WW1.

    Richard Whetter Cloke with the Canadian CEForces.
    Reg # 200060 Enlisted in Vancouver Nov 8, 1916

    With the 8th Canadian Seige battery. Gassed in France 05/06/1918. Discharged Feb. 20, 1919

  • Matt Gorenflo

    March 2, 2018

    I’m trying to find any pictures of my uncle Earl ( wimpy ) Gorenflo he was a navy Seabee not sure what year he served I’d say late 50’s possibly early 60’s from buffalo New York parents Earl n Victoria Gorenflo

  • Sonia

    May 16, 2019

    Trying to find my mum grandad in the First World War as I am trying to retrieve his medals

  • barry rose

    June 6, 2019

    I am trying to find my grandfathers military recordbut have had no results.he was born in 1897 and died in 1976..his name is James William Gadd..i lived with my grandparents in michleham in surrey,but that’s as much as I know.i would like to find out before I die.i wonder if you could help

  • George William iveson

    June 8, 2019

    I would like to find out what my dad did during ww,2

  • Autoankauf

    December 19, 2019

    Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic,
    as well as the content!

  • Bernice Carr

    January 5, 2020

    I am looking for a military photo of my grandfather, Joel Kisamore, Pendleton County, WV who served in World War I