Faces Of The First World War Imperial War Museum Project

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Faces Of The First World War Imperial War Museum Project

One hundred previously unseen photos of those who served and died in the First World War have been uploaded to Flickr for Armistice Day by the Imperial War Museum.

The Museum was set up in the final months of the Great War, to record the conflict and,

to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that war - civilian and military - and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society.

In 1917, thousands of bereaved families sent in portraits of men who served in the war - sometimes their only photograph. These were amongst the first items collected by IWM and it's a fascinating and poignant collection. As part of the build up to the museum's First World War Centenary Programme, more Faces of the First World War will be uploaded every weekday until August 2014.

The Museum has also put out a crowdsourcing call for help filling in the blanks about the men who died:

Use any means you can – online newspapers, museums, libraries and archives – to build up more of a picture about the men in the photographs. Add what you find out to the Flickr site and help to remember the people behind the faces, a century on from the war they fought in.

Find out more about the First World War Centenary Programme.

Last Updated 11 November 2011