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Help with your research into WW1

Research toolkits, factsheets, and other material to assist your research into WW1 Gloucestershire and the servicemen who left the county to fight for it.

Lots of the documents and published resources in our collections contain information about WW1.  And there are  more out in the community.  You can use the downloadable toolkits and factsheets on the right hand side of this page to help you find and use them all.  If you are new to archives and would like to see things in our collections please have a look at our Before you visit page.


  1. Servicemen - first steps in looking into the lives of local men who left home to fight.
  2. Discover More About Servicemen - includes sources for studying particular themes, such as: Gloucestershire war poets; the War as reflected in soldier's correspondence, diaries and reminiscence; and conscientious objectors. 
  3. The Home Front - exploring what our communities were like during WW1.
  4. Post-war life - exploring what our communities were like after the War. 

Resources providing advice for anyone owning documents or artefacts connected with WW1 on how best to store and preserve them can be found on our caring for your own archive page.

The second will advise about sharing your research findings with others, including: making written information user-friendly; digital storytelling; sharing information online; running events; and designing exhibitions.  You can find these guides on our help with recording and sharing your WW1 research page.


Lists of documents held at the Archives relating to:

  • War memorials;
  • Rolls of honour. 

These are arranged alphabetically by place name/organisation and include document reference numbers.

You can find information sheets compiled by others and shared with us, by following this link.

WW1 research in Gloucestershire

We've also created a guide to WW1 research going on across the county, so you can find out more about what's happening in your district.  The guide includes contact details so you can get in touch with individuals and groups if you're interested in their findings, or if you'd like to help.  You can download the guide from the list above. 

Some local WW1 Centenary events are already underway.  Please visit the 'Gloucestershire Remembers WW1' website for more about local WW1 events and activities (and visit our 'Help with sharing your research findings' page to see how we can help you turn your WW1 research into an event or activity).

Other resources

You can find programme toolkits compiled by the Department for Communities and Local Government by following this link and download the Historic Newspapers WW1 pack by clicking here.

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