Website launched to help families find graves of war dead

Over 300,000 military records, including information on more than one million soldiers who died in the First World War, are now available to view online.

Compiled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the resource will help to locate relatives killed during the war and locate their burial points from around the world.

The database contains information on a soldier's death, their regiment, rank, cause of death, where they are buried and the headstone inscription.

'For the families of those we commemorate, these records give a snapshot into the process by which their relatives would have been identified and buried, or commemorated on a memorial, and give a direct link back to a time in the immediate aftermath of the war, say the CWGC.

An average of 20 to 30 bodies are uncovered in the fields of France and Belgium each year. The remains are identified by the CWGC using DNA testing and those who cannot be identified are given a headstone with the words 'A Soldier of the Great War'.

Click here to view the online resource and begin your search.