Saturday, 14 March 2009

Red Cross WW1 archive to be digitised

The Red Cross has announced that it is to digitise some 20 million records relating to casualties of the First World War, from a collection recently discovered in Switzerland by historian Peter Barton. The project is hoped to be completed by 2014, in time for the war's 100th anniversary. For more on the story, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7940540.stm.

Barton has been to the Red Cross to research soldiers buried at Phoenix Wood in the aftermath of the Battle of Fromelles, in 1916. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has now announced that the soldiers, buried in the wood in several pits by the Germans following the battle, are now to be recovered by Oxford Archaeology and reinterred in the first purpose built war cemetery by the commission in over 50 years. For more on this, visit www.cwgc.org/news.asp?newsid=98&menuname=&menu=sub&view=yes&id=13&menuid=0&s_month=&m_name=.

Chris

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