Project: The Great War 1914-1918

Categories: The Great War 1914-1918 Project | Military and War Project | World War I

Welcome to The Great War Project (1914-1918)
Part of of the Military and War Project

Lest We Forget.
Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy)

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This project is to memorialize and trace the legacy and heritage of those who participated in the Great War, also known as World War I. It includes the men and women from all countries who served in the Great War. We want to find or create those profiles on WikiTree and follow their legacies, with the purpose of connecting to the Global Family.

How to Join

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  1. Add military_and_war to your followed tags
  2. Check out the main project page for all guidelines related to the project.
  3. Check out the To-Do list below to find something to help us work on, and add yourself (or ask one of us to) to that task


Our Progress

Add your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration among the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

  • Becky Adding profiles of my family who served in WW1
  • Jacky
  • Andrea Pack Researching my relatives who fought in WW1 and improving profiles.
  • Gillian ( Gill) Researching my relatives who fought in WW1 and improving profiles
  • Alison Andrus - Adding all World War I Veterans for the state of North Dakota. Created a free space page for the United States in The Great War and all the state pages.
  • Terry Wright - Working on my Anzacs and other ancestors who fought in WW1
  • Alecia Raper - Researching my relatives who fought in the First World War for Britain, mainly in the Yorkshire Regiments, and managing the Under-age soldiers page
  • Ulf Nilsson - Researching the ancestors and lifes of emigrants from Sweden that took part in WW1 for their new home country.
  • Paula J - Researching ancestors in the Southern States and some troops from Yorkshire, England.
  • Steve Fuhro - Adding major combatants national flags and US Navy ships and crew rosters. (1917-1918).
  • Mary Richardson - Adding and research The Great War country pages, as needed, searching images, helping anyone
  • Star Kline - Researching ancestors in Pennsylvania, USA. Added David Bowie's paternal grandfather, Robert Haywood Jones.
  • Michele Camera - Identifying ancestors of myself, my daughter and my husband who were active duty during the Great War and adding template and info to profiles. Available to help newcomers to learn how to wikicode or document along with proper source citations.
  • Darlene Bissonnette - recognizing my ancestors who served to keep us a free nation beginning with my Grandfathers.
  • Richard Shelley - Working on ancestors who fought and fell in combat...
  • Brenda Butler - Working on my husbands Palmer line who fought, and survived, World War I, in the British Army and Royal Navy.
  • Emily Kusec-Ashcroft - Working on members of the Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion, who are in the process of trying to receive Battle Honours in 2018.
  • Russ Gunther - Working on moving profiles with incorrect or outdated categories to correct categories and improving profiles as I come across them.
  • Valerie Kerr - Working on adding profiles from Ireland who served in WWI.
  • Chad Smith - Working on ancestors who fought in The Great War. My Grandfather was a Marine Corp Captain who served in Guam.
  • Dave Seccull - improving the profiles of any family members I know who served in the Great War. Also those who were prevented from serving due to their occupation, and war widows - folks who may not have served, but whose lives were still profoundly affected by the conflict.
  • Mantvydas Juozapavičius - Working on ancestors who fought in The WW I (Russian Imperial army).
  • Carol Furness trying to add those who served in my local area of North east England and family members
  • David Burns working on my ancestors who fought to keep this my country free from foreign invaders but starting with grandfather who was in the border regiment and fought in France during the Great War who, luckily for me, survive.
  • Iain Old -- Researching my relatives who participated in the Great War - eg my grandfather Allan Old.
  • J Alexander working on relatives who fought and died in WW1.
  • J Crook I am adding profiles from a list of veterans buried in Colorado before 1949. This includes many World War I veterans.
  • Rowley Slowly adding a number of family tree members who participated in WW1
  • Peg Caton adding World War I veterans from my hometown of Northbridge, Massachusetts; also researching relatives who served.
  • Wendy Sullivan adding ancestors who fought in and those who died in WWI. Also adding relevant profiles whilst sourcing and connecting lost Gedcom/orphaned profiles. Profile improving wherever possible.
  • Jenny Grainger Looking forward to adding this category to Graingers - whether related on not.
  • Doug McCallum I will be focusing primarily on New Brunswick, Canada but will pick up any that I find when doing my personal genealogy.
  • Chrissy Preston I am currently working on adding graves and have found several military graves. It seemed fitting to add this to help expand the veteran base. I will be fixing any of my own profiles already created to have the proper template as found and add them to new persons.
  • Linda Barnett
  • Eileen Pilon Kortright Currently working on extensive biographies of my two Grand Uncles, brothers, who fell in the Battle of Amiens, 1918.
  • Tim Mackey Many of my direct ancestors served in The Great War, most of which were lucky enough to celebrate Armistice and returned home to Australia. The focus of my research is my paternal great-grandfather, Thomas Mackey. I am a father of 2, and run small self-operated business, and as such, I am absent from time to time due to personal reasons, but I endeavour to be a long-standing member of this project and the WikiTree communities.
  • Kenneth Shelton Adding profiles from Gold star honor roll. Gold Stars, Wayne County, Indiana. A record of Indiana men and women who died in the service of the United States and the allied nations in the world war. 1914-1918
  • Cheryl Aldrich Skordahl Adding father-in-law who was in WW1, then I will help with whatever the projects needs most.
  • Jared Kurz I am primarily researching members of my family who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
  • Jo Gill I'm adding my grandfather who served in WWI and WWII. Im searching my profiles for others who served in The Great War.
  • Neil Perry I am identifying or creating profiles for people from County Durham who served in World War 1. I had created a FreeSpace (County Durham and The Great War) before joining the project, which I wanted to bring into line with the standards of The Great War project. I am particularly interested in people who served in the Durham Light Infantry or the 160th (Wearside) Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
  • Merryl Hunkin Researching relatives who fought in the First World War for Britain (and South Africa - on the side of Great Britain)
  • Lizzie Griffiths working in collaboration with Global Cemeteries and Categorisation Projects to add the Cemeteries of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and identify final resting places of the fallen commonwealth soldiers of WW1
  • William Thompson working on Cumberland County, Tennessee participants in the Great War including Medal of Honor winner Milo Lemert.
  • G. Cormier Adding profiles of Acadians from the Maritime Provinces, Canada who fought in WWI.
  • Ken Evans working on Victoria Cross recipients (Australia), Australian Army Generals in the war, Australian Army Units of the war, and generally having fun.
  • Eloise Adding WWI profiles.
  • Louise Researching relatives who fought in the war.


  1. Find or create profiles
  2. All duplicates merged into lowest number
  3. Project Managed or PPP added if it qualifies, add the project box {{The Great War Project}} and assign the project profile as the PM
  4. pertaining categories added, use the sticker {{The Great War}}
  5. biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help)
  6. Attached family meets these goals, too
  7. Attached to the main WikiTree family tree (ask the GFR for help)
  8. Regular submissions to Profile of the Week

Those that are POW, MIA, KIA, WIA and those that died in the war can also go under the appropriateRoll of Honor. Along with others who received recognition. In this way we are not duplicating what has already been established but adding to it. An individual can be added to more than one project.

If we can find the burial information they can also be added to existing categories for the Global Cemeteries

Example profiles

Unable to find anything on the following

Free Space Pages

Over twenty-seven countries were mentioned as the Allied and Associated Powers in the Treaty of Versailles. World War I, however, was truly global in its outreach because colonies of European nations also went to war.

  • Austria-Hungary : Austria-Hungary initiated World War I by declaring war on Serbia in July 1914.
  • Belgium : Though initially neutral, Belgium joined World War I to offer stiff resistance against German invasion.
  • Brazil : Brazil joined World War I in 1917 on the side of the Allies, and was the only Latin American country to participate in the Great War.
  • British Empire : Britain and British colonies including Australia, Canada, India, and New Zealand formed part of the Allied camp. The spread of the British and German colonies across the globe brought World War I to Africa and Asia.
  • Bulgaria : The Kingdom of Bulgaria joined the Central Powers in 1915 and fought until September 1918.
  • China : China entered World War I in 1917 following U.S. entry into the war.
  • France and Colonies : One of the major Allied nations, France declared war with the German declaration of war against France on August 3, 1914.
  • German Empire : Germany was a major Central Power. Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war was heavily influenced by Germany’s assurance of support.
  • Greece : Following the U.S. entry into World War I, Greece entered the war on the side of the Allies on June 27, 1917.
  • Italy : Initially reluctant to join the war despite an alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary, Italy sided with the allies in 1915.
  • Japan : Japan's entry into World War I in August 1914 followed Britain's request to combat raids of the Kaiserliche Marine (German Imperial Navy).
  • Liberia : Liberian trade was adversely affected by World War I, and the country joined the Allied Powers in 1917.
  • Montenegro : Linked closely with Serbia, Montenegro joined the Allied cause in August 1914.
  • Ottoman Empire : The Ottoman Empire joined World War I in November 1914, on the side of the Central Powers, due to its close ties with Germany.
  • Portugal : Despite the rivalry between Portugal and Germany, Portugal remained neutral until March 1915, when Germany declared war. Portugal then joined the Allies.
  • Romania : Romania joined the Allies in August 1916.
  • Russia : Russia, along with Britain and France, was one of the major Allied Powers, and first among the nations to mobilize troops against Germany.
  • Serbia : The outbreak of World War I was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary in Sarajevo, Serbia. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in July 1914.
  • United States of America: The United States declared neutrality in 1914. In 1917, the United States associated with the Allied nations thereby changing the course of World War I.
  • List of Campaigns- A.E.F. A list of campaigns from the U.S. Army Military History Branches that will be of assistance in beginning to understand the various battles and engagements in France

Other countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, San Marino, and Siam were also involved in the Great War.


Please use existing categories when adding World War I service/information to individual profiles. You will find them under

World War I

To-Do or Task List

  • I have created a freespace page to start finding or creating profiles. Pennsylvanians of The Great War, using US Casualties of WWI, Pennsylvania-Wyoming. This resource does not give dates so it takes a little research to get the information. These are extremely large list so I add alphabetically and then find or create the profile. As the profile is created I add the link to the profile so it is not duplicated.
  • I think for the United States a freespace page similar for each state will help us all. The same too as to the country, providence, etc, you want to work on. If we add about 50 to the list at a time we can complete the profiles.
  • Add family members to connect to the Global Family. Flesh out the bios and then add more to the list.


Project Box

Please check with the project as to whether to use the project box or sticker shown below

Project Box Usage:

{{The Great War Project}}

Displays the following:

The Great War
... ... ... participated in the Great War.
Join: The Great War 1914-1918 Project
Discuss: Great_War


The World War I sticker will add the profile to a category by using the |unit=, |branch= and ", World War I".

{{The Great War Do not change this.
|branch= Here you add service branch or country that can be found at the bottom of the sticker page. If the service branch or country you want to use is not listed, please contact the leaders of the project so we can add it to the list.
|startdate=Service start date as dd mmm yyyy.
|units=Here you can list the main units he/she served in separated by ; (semi colons). Please do not use abbreviations.
|enddate=Service end date as dd mmm yyyy
|rank=Enter the rank (Ex. Sergeant) here. Please do not use abbreviations like Sgt.
|unit=This will add the profile to the appropriate unit category. Please do not use abbreviations and no unit smaller than Regiment/Brigade. If Regiment or Brigade is not known, use a higher unit that you do know.
|image=Here you can change the default flag image to an alternative image.

If the category the sticker creates turns out red check the spelling/punctuation and the parent category to see if it is spelled the same way. If all looks correct, you can create the new category, default text for the category should be listed in the HELP! section of the parent category.

Whenever in doubt, please contact the leaders of the project or the leaders of Military and War Project

Remember to enter the Country and Branch of Service as found at the bottom of the sticker page ie; Royal Navy, French Foreign Legion, Australian Army, United States Marine Corps etc and it will display the correct country flag and add the profile to the <category>, World War I.

Sample usage:

{{The Great War|branch=United States Army|startdate=1 Oct 1917|units=Co H, 3rd Infantry Regiment|enddate=31 Dec 1918|rank=Corporal|unit=3rd Infantry Regiment}}

Displays the following:

Corporal ... ... ... served in the United States Army in World War I
Service started: 1 Oct 1917
Unit(s): Co H, 3rd Infantry Regiment
Service ended: 31 Dec 1918


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