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Find Someone

Find Someone

Use our digitised resources below to find a person living in First World War London. We have searchable versions of the British Jewry Book of Honour and Kelly’s Directories, plus access to Commonwealth War Graves Commision information in the form of our handy widget.

If you are looking for a Personal Record that has already been built, you can find it here.

British Jewry Book of Honour

The British Jewry Book of Honour is a record of Jews in the First World War who were killed in action and/or awarded military honours, as well as the nominal rolls of Jews who served, listed by service and by regiment. 

Book of Honour History Window

The Jewish Chronicle Archives

The Jewish Chronicle has very generously made their 1914-1920 Archives available to We Were There Too participants, free of the usual fee charged for using the Archive. This will enable you to read about the First World War years from a distinctly Jewish perspective and to research your family.

The Post Office London Directory for 1914

The 1914 edition of Kelly’s lists every street in London, who lived in each street, and at every house number. Directories exist for other years and your local library may have them or you can visit the Archives at the Bishopsgate Institute (www.bishopsgate.org.uk), where the staff will be pleased to help you.

The Post Office London, Trade & Professional Directory for 1914

Was the person you are looking for a ‘butcher, baker or candlestick maker…’? You might find them in the Kelly’s Trade Directory which has numerous trades and professions of the First World War time. Click here to go to the 1914 edition.

Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate is a partner of We Were There Too. They have a significant collection of items of the First World War era especially of the East End of London, several of them rare and important. For example, they have a collection of over 7,500 personal diaries. Perhaps one of them relates to your search? The Archive staff will be pleased to help you. 

Visit Bishopsgate at www.bishopsgate.org.uk

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