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More Sources for Finding Your WWI Military Ancestor! – Friday’s Faces From the Past

I wrote earlier this month about the U.S. Army Transport Lists, 1910-1939, which were released by earlier this month.

My friend Jennifer Holik has been doing some World War 1 research, and discovered deceased veterans were included in the transport lists.  This was a great catch to be sure!  In my latest browse of records on Internet Archive, I found an absolutely wonderful resource for WWI researchers: The Soldiers of the Great War Volumes 1-3.

Soldiers Of The Great War, Volume 1
Soldiers Of The Great War, Volume 2
Soldiers Of The Great War, Volume 3

While the Great War was winding down, Frank G. Howe and Alfred C. Doyle coordinated an effort to collect all the names and photograph of the US military veterans who had died during service.  The effort took into account military death bulletins, and a herculean effort to provide photographs of each of the deceased.  Photographs were collected by the author from family, friends, educational facilities, and members of the American Red Cross.  As space allowed, they included veterans who were wounded in action, but survived the war.

Their efforts produced three books which are absolutely amazing!

war dead 1

The official list of war dead for each county has been listed in some type of alphabetical format of each person by state, rank, and manner of death. The only other information provided is each solider or nurse’s city or area of residence.
names by state

The photographs did not follow this strict pattern. They are separated by state, but are not listed in any particular order. It will be necessary to browse the photographs for each state to find a photo of a veteran.
WWI Illinois

Each photo includes an abbreviation for type of death or alive with injury:

  • K.A. – Killed in Action
  • D.D. – Died of Disease
  • D.W. – Died of Wounds
  • D.A. – Died of Accident
  • W.A. – Wounded in Action

Here a quote from the introduction regarding the availability of photographs in the publication:
“We soon learned that it would be impossible to obtain the photographs of all the soldiers who died in the great war. Many left no photographs, the relatives of many others were reluctant to part with the picture they had, and in some cases conditions were met most unfavorable to the enterprise, but with an abiding faith in the value of this record to the relatives and friends of the departed soldiers, and to the public as historical record, the association continued its labors with an increasing success. The collection of materials continued for a period of over one year, during which time they were made ready for publication.”

While every effort was made to for accuracy, I’ve noticed some men who died of the Spanish Flu whilst in military service in 1919 are not listed in this publication.  I’ve also seen a few misspelled names as well.  If you cannot find a deceased or wounded veteran by state, look under the appendix section in the third volume of the series.

I hope you take the time to browse through this collection!  It is overall absolutely outstanding!

See You At the Library!





One thought on “More Sources for Finding Your WWI Military Ancestor! – Friday’s Faces From the Past

  1. Take note Soldiers of the Great War is not a complete and accurate list, not All soldiers are listed, unfortunately some are missing.

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