World War 1 Project

York's Fallen Heroes

A postcard produced in about 1917 by Outhwaites, 85 Market Street, York

As you probably all know, next year is the centenary of the start of WW1 and there are many projects being worked on to commemorate that centenary. You can find information on a number of them at

As a society we thought it would be a good idea to involve our members in this centenary by initiating a project of our own. Almost everyone has an ancestor who served in the forces in the Great War but it affected everyone in the country whether they were in the forces or civilians.

What we’d like members to do is pick an ancestor and put together a biography of that ancestor describing their life and how they were affected by World War One. Ideally your chosen ancestor would be from York but it doesn’t really matter if they are not, an interesting story and/or good pictures are what we are looking for.

We’re going to put together a section of this website to deal with the project and we’d like to try to put together some sort of publication and possibly call it “York Family History Society Remembers”.

So if you are a member of York and District Family History Society please get involved and start working on an ancestor’s biography; you can include documents, photographs and stories about the person together with any other information you feel is important. If you’d like any help (or you’d like to help!) please get in touch or come and visit us at the Study Centre.


About Paul Thomas-Peter

A family history researcher at Ebor Family History


  1. thought your organisation would be interested to know that Clements Hall Local History Group is meeting at the Hall on Monday 9 September at 7 pm for a discussion/reflection about how the First World War should be celebrated locally. For more information about what the Group does visit our website ( above )
    Clements Hall is at Moss Street/Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW.
    Everyone welcome to share thoughts and ideas.

    Anne Houson (Volunteer, Clements Hall Local History Group )

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