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Western Front dead from WA

Western Front Dead from Western Australia - ProjectAWM Honour Roll, Canberra ACT 

The Western Front Dead from Western Australia project (WFDWA) is the second 'Dead from Western Australia' project supported by WAGS which has been proposed, led and administered by Shannon Lovelady. The project commenced in January 2016.

WAGS is once again hosting the checklist so members of the public can readily check on the progress of their relative.

As the Gallipoli Dead from Western Australia project determined how many West Australians died as a result of their Gallipoli service, WFDWA will determine the number of West Australian lives lost on the Western Front, including those killed in action or who died (anywhere) from sickness contracted or wounds sustained there, up to 31 August 1921. Until now, that number is an estimation only - 45,000-110,000 from all around Australia. Each States' figure is unknown.

Project criteria:

The eligibility criteria are that each soldier must have
- been born in, or enlisted from Western Australia
or
- lived here for some time*
*and*
- died as a result of their service on the Western Front before 31 August 1921.*The length of time is deliberately undefined. If a soldier migrated to WA and began to establish his life here, we consider him West Australian.

Base data sources used:

- the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's database
- Kings Park Honour Avenues plaques
- 28th Battalion Roll of Honour
- Karrakatta War Graves

additional data from:
- WA Police Historical Society
- Casualty lists
- Honour Rolls
- The State War Memorial

Resources used:

Series B2455 - war service records available online at National Archives of Australia, and other online resources, including but not limited to:
- Roll of Honour Circulars available online through the Australian War Memorial
- Regiment/Battalion War Diaries available online through the Australian War Memorial
- Australian newspapers online through Trove
- Electoral and other records through Ancestry
- Embarkation rolls

Volunteering:

Like GDWA, this project will be conducted entirely online. It is also powered by brilliant research volunteers, several of whom played an enormous part in the success of GDWA.

Research volunteers extract information from the National Archives of Australia war records and transfer them into a provided Excel spreadsheet (ten men at a time), help determine the eligibility of each and verify every person for inclusion in the final number.

Volunteering is easy. You can participate on your couch, in your jammies, in the middle of the night if you wish! And you can do as few or as many lists of ten as you wish.

To volunteer, please email Project Leader Shannon Lovelady on wfdfwa@gmail.com

The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) is once again hosting the list - If you think you have an eligible soldier, not shown in the list, send an email to Shannon at:  wfdfwa@gmail.com

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:52

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