British Legion launches online WW1 remembrance database

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British Legion launches online WW1 remembrance database

Caroline Baldwin

The Royal British Legion is launching an online database to remember the people killed in the First World War.

The Every Man Remembered website is part of a series of remembrance campaigns that are happening as part of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

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The database, supported by Ancestry.co.uk, will ask the British public to pay tribute to the 1,117,077 men and women from the Commonwealth who died in the war.

Visitors to the website will be able to search for names or towns to find people they may have a connection with. Each person on the database will have a dedication online with information about the job they had during the war.

Dr Stephen Clarke, head of remembrance at The Royal British Legion said: "Every Man Remembered will be our greatest act of remembrance during the First World War Centenary. We're asking the British public to commemorate every one of the 1,117,077 men and women who died during the First World War through our huge online database.

The responsive website, which is available online and on mobile, allows visitors to connect via social media and make donation to the charity.

The charity has experimented with online and mobile technologies in the past. Last November, it partnered with payment providers to create a Near Field communication (NFC) system, which allowed people to donate to the Poppy Appeal via their smartphones.

Posters and collection tins urged people to "tap the poppy" to donate. Contactless, wireless and secure communication then transfers information and money between the user's smartphone and the NFC tag via antennae communication.

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