The objective of these volumes was to preserve the names of over 49,000 Irishmen who lost their lives fighting in the Great War (World War I 1914-1918). The collection was compiled by The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial under the direction of the Earl of Ypres and was first published in 1923. It is the most complete record known to exist.
This record is unique is many ways. not only does it record the names of those who lost their lives, it also records their rank, regiment and in many cases their place of death, date of death and place of birth. The record includes those born in Ireland, those of Irish origin who fought with an Irish regiment in each of the theatres of the war. It also continues beyond the war to incorporate the wounded who died after the war ended.
This CD-ROM records all of the names and information in a searchable database. All 32 counties in Ireland lost men in the Great War. More than 500 from Antrim, 4800 from Dublin, and 3000 from Cork alone. Indeed it is likely that every village, town and city in Ireland at the time was touched in some way by the loss.
Users can search the information contained on the CD under a variety of headings. Search results are then displayed in abbreviated form allowing users to select entries which they are interested in. The details for the first item selected can then be displayed in a pop-up window. But if you prefer you can also browse the books rather than searching. The CD also reproduces the original introduction from 1923, and a new preface with plenty of statistics gathered while databasing the collection.
Every effort has been made to produce a high quality facsimile of the original eight volumes, whilst also using the technology available today to ease access to that information and compile valuable statistics that will enrich our understanding of Ireland's place in the Great War.