Find out if you live in a house that once belonged to a First World War soldier

A website has been launched enabling people to search their postcode and find out if they live in or near a house that once belonged to a soldier from the First World War.

The map was put together as a personal project by 50-year-old James Morley, who lives in West London and has worked with museums and archives for over 25 years.

Usage of the site is simple: enter a postal code and see the World War I soldiers and sailors listed at nearby addresses. If a lot of results are displayed, you can narrow the results further by first name, surname, rank, regiment, age at death, or date of death.

Talking about the motive behind the project, he said: “At the heart of it is the legacy of those who died in the conflict, and especially the scale of the impact that that would have had on their local communities.

A Street Near You currently contains nearly 500,000 location records for 410,000 men and women who died whilst serving in the First World War. It was created using data and images sourced from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Imperial War Museum, including their Lives of the First World War project.

You can access the database at: https://astreetnearyou.org.

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