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We welcome & encourage other websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages, & you don’t have to ask permission to link to  However, we don’t give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by, Alnwick District WW1 Centenary Commemoration Group or Bailiffgate Museum.  Where our site contains links to other sites & resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, & accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


While we make every effort to keep up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site.
We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of income or revenue, business, data, goodwill or wasted management or office time in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it & any materials posted on it.


Visitors to may find links to the following sites useful, informative & helpful:


1911 Census

The 1911 census is a record of everyone who lived in England & Wales in 1911.  It provides a unique snapshot of the lives of your ancestors. brings this vast resource to you online, so that you can search the census simply & quickly to discover how your family lived in the past. is the official census website, in association with the National Archives.  You can now subscribe to the 1911 census via their sister website

Access to extensive World War 1 records including: Service Records; Pension Records; Medal Rolls Index Cards; Citations for the Distinguished Conduct Medal; Navy Medal & Award Rolls; & general guidance on how to understand your relatives’ information.

Border Regiment & King’s Own Royal Border Regiment Museum–King-s-Own-Royal-Border-Regiment-Museum.htm

Located within the Inner Ward of Carlisle Castle, the Museum relates the history of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment, the Border Regiment (34th & 55th Foot) & its successor, The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment, local Militia, Volunteer & Territorial Army units from 1702 to the present day.

The museum has extensive archives.  Family history & other enquiries are welcome, personal callers preferably by appointment.  For detailed research a minimum donation will be sought.

BBC WW1 pages


British Library UK Web Archive


The British Library is creating a Special Collection on the First World War Centenary, which will include snapshots of First World War Centenary websites funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  These will be stored & made accessible online by the British Library in the UK Web Archive..

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website commemorates the 1,700,000 men & women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.


Their cemeteries, burial plots & memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 153 countries across the world.

The CWGC Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.


Durham Light Infantry Archive Collection at County Durham Record Office

The Durham Light Infantry archive collection was transferred to Durham County Record Office from the DLI Museum in 1998.  This allowed Record Office staff to catalogue the archives & make them more accessible, both in the DRO Search Room & online.

Now, the online catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the records, & images of the thousands of photographs in the collection.

The DRO requests people intending to visit to make an appointment to consult the DLI records in the Search Room.  Some of the most popular records, including war diaries & enlistment & discharge books, have been microfilmed to preserve the originals & you will need to book a microfilm reader to view them.

Please contact the Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Aykley Heads, Durham City (03000 267619) for further details.

Durham Light Infantry Museum

The DLI Museums archive has been transferred to the Durham County Record Office – see above – where it has been fully catalogued & made available on-line to researchers.


The DLI Museums WW1 Archive is extensive but unfortunately few documents actually mention soldiers by name. Some records like War Diaries, however, will give you the background to a soldiers service or provide the circumstances & location of a soldiers death.

The Durham Light Infantry Museum has a superb collection of uniforms, equipment, weapons, silver, photographs & battlefield relics covering the whole history of the Regiment from its formation in 1758 to the final laying-up of the Colours in 1968 in Durham Cathedral.

Many key objects from this famous collection can now be seen on-line here for the first time as part of the museum’s Collection pages.  This on-line exhibition not only includes objects on display in the museum but also many objects that are currently not on show, including rare uniforms of the Durham Militia & Rifle Volunteers.


Find My Past

Findmypast has one of the most comprehensive collections of First World War records anywhere online.


From Navy, Army & Air Force service records & rolls of honour, to regimental lists & registers of Red Cross volunteers, their records will help you trace the wartime experiences of the people who served around the world.  You can also search their extensive archive of newspaper reports to find more about those serving in battle or volunteering at the Home Front.  Fascinating details from local papers will put your World War One research in context & bring it to life.


As well as the extensive collection of British Military records, also have millions of records from around the world.  Their records date back hundreds of years, so you can trace your family history through World War 1 & beyond.

Forces War Records

Just because you havent found a record online doesnt mean its not there, there are many records at the National Archives which have not yet been made available online.  Thats where can help.

Simply tell their researchers want you want to know, & if they think it is feasible, one of them can be hired to go to the National Archives on your behalf & dig out everything they can regarding your ancestors service, & everything they find will be sent to you digitally via Forces War Records.

Naturally, every case is different, but a search could bring up any of the following, & more:

§  Full service record

§  Medal cards

§  Pension Records

§  Dates of promotion

§  Prisoner of war information

§  Information regarding injuries

§  Transfers between regiments


The Long, Long Trail

The Long, Long Trail, website is all about the soldiers, units, regiments & battles of the British Army of the First World War.


The Great War Forum

Linked to The Long, Long Trail site are a plethora of forums under the banner of the Great War Forum including forums on:

  • Soldiers
  • Units & formations
  • Ships & navy
  • War in the air
  • Women & the Great War
  • Battles, battlefields, & places
  • Theatres of operation other than the Western Front
  • Home Front
  • Documents & photographs
  • …& much more!

Heritage Lottery Fund

The First World War Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories & explore what it means to us today.

Between 2014 & 2018, people of all ages will be reflecting on the events of the First World War, the experiences of men & women here & overseas, & how the war has shaped the last 100 years.

Heritage Lottery Fund can provide funding to help groups, communities & organisations mark the Centenary by exploring, conserving & sharing the heritage of the First World War, from memorials, buildings & sites, to photographs, letters & literature.

Find out more about the grants HLF can offer from £3,000-£10,000; £10,000-£100,000; & £100,000 upwards.





Historypin is creating a dedicated FWW Centenary online hub to host HLF-funded Centenary projects. The hub was launched in July 2014.


Imperial War Museum

From 2014 to 2018, across the world, nations, communities & individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate & remember the lives of those who lived, fought & died in the First World War.

The First World War Centenary Programme is a vibrant global programme of cultural events, exhibitions & activities, & online resources that connect current & future generations with the lives, stories & impact of the First World War. The programme is presented by the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national & international cultural & educational organisations, led by IWM.


King’s Own Scottish Borderers Museum

The Museum has an unrivalled collection of documents & pictures relating to its 317-year history. Access to the Archives may be arranged by prior appointment.  Please contact the Museum for details.  A complete catalogue of the Regimental Archives (& relevant material held in repositories elsewhere) can be found at

The Museum welcome enquiries, however PLEASE NOTE THAT PERSONAL & SERVICE RECORDS ARE NOT HELD BY HHQ.  These are in the care of the Ministry of Defence.  Enquiries should be directed to:

Army Personnel Centre 
Historical Disclosures,
Mailpoint 400,
Kentigern House
Glasgow G2 8EX.


National Archives

The National Archives hold the official UK government records of the First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps & photographs.

The centenary of the war will be marked with an extensifve programme, spanning a five-year period between 2014 & 2019.

If you want to explore First World War records & are new to researching at The National Archives, guidance is available & you can chat to one of their reader advisers online.


Naval & Military Press

For books on a whole host of naval & military history subjects through the ages, those on the First World War include:

·         Books for the battlefield tourist;

·         Divisional histories;

·         Eastern Front, Balkans & Russian Civil War Intervention;

·         Memoirs, Biographies & Diaries;

·         Official histories;

·         Reference works;

·         Regimental histories of the British Army;

·         Regimental histories of the Empire;

·         Rolls of Honour, Casualty Lists & Genealogy;

·         The War at Sea;

·         The War in the Air;

·         Training manuals, text books & instructions;

·         Western Front.

Newcastle University Military, War & Security Research Group

The universitys Military, War & Security Research Group (MWSRG) is a relatively new venture based in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Science at Newcastle.

While the Group is predominantly in the Social Sciences & History fields, it is interdisciplinary & is keen to develop wider links inside & outside the university.  The Group has a strong research theme on the impact of historical research on contemporary debates about warfare & security issues.  There is strong interest in the commemoration of twentieth-century conflicts including WW1 & WW2.

Examples of some of the Groups research projects can be found on the link above.

The Group is planning to create a series of online resources, events pages & accessible scholarly biographies for anyone interested in historical or contemporary debates about conflict, policing & security in the north-east

North East War Memorials Project

The North East War Memorials Project is intended to assist members of the public, local & family history groups, military historians, schools, & individuals to learn more about & research their local War Memorials & record the results

Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn Museum

Discover 800 years of history & experience fantastic events & exhibitions at Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives.


You can use Woodhorn Museum’s website to plan your visit, research the vast archive & museum collections, order copies of Pitmen Painters prints & books as well as many other items, & even enjoy a number of special on-line exhibitions. If you cant find the information you need, send them a message to check whether or not they may be able to help find what you want.

Northumberland Fusiliers’ Museum

The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland is located in the Abbot’s Tower within Alnwick Castle where the story is told of an infantry regiment, the Fusiliers, & their unbroken record of service from 1674 to the present day.

The Museum also offer a research service & help with family history enquiries about service in the Fusiliers.


Northumberland Hussars Museum

The Northumberland Hussars Museum is shared with The Light Dragoons & 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars & is based in A Soldiers Life gallery of the Discovery Museum.  The items on display include uniforms & personal equipment used in the past together with regimental memorabilia.


Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 232 6789

Open: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm / Sun 2pm – 5pm
Admission: Free


Royal British Legion, Alnmouth Branch

For branch news & events visit


Wanney Books

Wanney Books wants to help authors bring their projects into print.  As a local publisher they would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for books that celebrate the history, culture or landscape of Northumberland.

Their current range of books includes:

Relics of War

This has proved popular – so much so that it has gone to a reprint.

Alnwick in the Great War

Developed in conjunction with the Northumberland Branch of the Western Front Association & the Alnwick District WW1 Centenary Commemoration Group, this book records four inter-related stories from the area around Alnwick – What happened in the first few weeks after the declaration of war on 4 August 1914; The precautions that were taken to resist a possible German invasion; The presence of the Army in Alnwick throughout the war; & The effects of the threat of aerial bombardment on the area & the arrival of the Royal Flying Corps.

Some of these tales have never been told before & the invasion precautions, especially, provide a new insight into this period of our nation’s history.

Me, the RAF and 77 Squadron

Though not strictly in accordance with their usual Northumberland theme, Wanney Books have been very pleased to publish the memoirs of a local man, Bill Foote, DFC, who was a Halifax Bomber pilot during World War Two.

In the words of Air Vice-Marshal David A. Hurrell, who has written the Foreword:

With wry humour, but total honesty, Bill takes the reader through his early days in training, his aspirations, & the challenges. Nor does he neglect the human side: the tales of off-duty escapades & high jinks make for easy reading – & are exactly what many readers will relate to as we are vividly reminded of our own youthful indiscretions.

And then by way of contrast we share with him the strain of taking part in raids deep into enemy airspace, when the odds against survival were truly phenomenal. Some 56,000 aircrew were killed, representing a death rate of 44% – worse than the odds for a World War One infantry officer. Only one in six survived their first tour of operations, one in 40 their second.

Western Front Association

The Western Front Association was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918.  The WFA also aims to perpetuate the memory, courage & comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France & Flanders & their own countries during The Great War.

Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide.  Information about Northumberland Branch events is available in the Branches Information section of the website.

The Association does not seek to justify or glorify war.  The WFA is not a re-enactment society, nor is it commercially motivated.  It is entirely non-political.  The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.

The WFA is a Registered Charity No. 298365.