The Missing of the First World War - An Online Talk on 17 June

Known only unto God’ - about a third of the men who died while serving in the British, Australian and Canadian armies during the First World War have no known grave. Hundreds of thousands of American, French and Germans soldiers also disappeared during the Great War. If they were killed on the Western Front, their bodies still lie in the mud of France and Belgium. Their sacrifice is recorded on memorials, such as the Menin Gate and Thiepval. Surprisingly, even now the remains of soldiers are discovered in fields in Europe and buried with military honours in one of the war cemeteries.

Using their stories and those of their relations, Simon Fowler explores why they met this fate, how their relations tried to find about their deaths, and what happened to their families after the War. Simon also looks at the resources available, if you want to search for anyone on your family tree that was posted missing in action.

There will be a question and answer session after the talk

Date and Time: 17 June 14:00-15:00 (BST)

Tutor: Simon Fowler - Former archivist at The National Archives, Royal Star and Garter Home and the Society of Genealogists. He holds a PhD on charities and the First World War and and lectures widely. He is the author of several books on family history and military history.

Bookings must be made on our website

We will use Zoom, the application is free. If you have not used Zoom before, you can find out more and download the application ahead of time here  

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