New re­source for rel­a­tives of First World War dead

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

FAM­I­LIES WHOSE rel­a­tives died in the First World War can now learn more than ever be­fore about their an­ces­tors’ buri­als thanks to the re­lease of 300,000 orig­i­nal documents by the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion.

The records were posted on­line this week to mark the cen­te­nary of the First World War. Al­most one mil­lion people serv­ing the Com­mon­wealth were killed — in­clud­ing 3,000 Jewish soldiers.

Vis­i­tors to the com­mis­sion’s web­site can search soldiers by name to find de­tailed de­scrip­tions of rank, ser­vice num­ber, date of death, ceme­tery, plot row and grave num­ber.

Jef­frey Fox, na­tional chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women, said he “ap­plauded” the re­lease of in­for­ma­tion on­line. “We have a huge re­source that lo­cates the buri­als of Bri­tish soldiers. But very of­ten, soldiers didn’t dis­close their re­li­gion, or chap­lains filled in the wrong records. This in­for­ma­tion is likely to pro­vide more de­tail.”

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