One hundred years ago World War One began.

On July 28, 1914, a month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist , Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War.

In the four years which followed more than 16 million people lost died in what was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, including 1,659 from our area

The first to die from our area was a Mr J Lindley from Ainley Top, who was killed on August 14, 1914.

Just two days before the end of the war on November 11, 1918, three Huddersfield men died including Edward Dyson of Slaithwaite.

The Examiner's data team has now put together a device which allows you to search the full records of more than one million casualties of World War One.

You can search by any combination of first name  -or initial, surname, street or town/city. 

You don't have to fill in all the boxes - you can fill as many or as few as you like.

The database allows you, for example, to search for people with the same name as you, who came from the same city; or just to see who died from the street where you live.

However, be aware that not all names match with a particular street and using names will provide the most accurate results.

The information comes from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who kindly allowed us to share the astonishingly-rich data that they have painstakingly put together over the years.

 

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