The Lives of the First World War project is a collaboration between Findmypast and the Imperial War Museum,. The project began back in 2014, and continues through until 2019. So it has just entered its final year.

They are putting the call out to the public to help preserve as many stories as possible, before submissions cease on 18th March 2019. From that date the IWM will act as the custodian of the millions of contributions made by members of the public, creating a permanent digital memorial, which will remain free to access.

For those unfamiliar with the Lives of the First World War project, this was launched in 2014 as the IWMs ‘flagship digital centenary’ project. And during the past four years it has captured the stories of more that 7.6 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth (including Australia and Canada) who contributed to the First World War.

So the IWM asks you to go to the Lives of the First World War website, create a free account, and start adding details of your WW1 ancestors. Record their history be they factory workers to those in the armed forces, or the medical staff or mechanics, all played their important part in the war, so record their stories.

As part of being it its final year, they are no longer accepting annual subscriptions, but monthly subscriptions are still available. Note, that it is free to sign up and create a memorial of your ancestor, however if you wish to search more than 300 million records, you can do so, but there is a cost of £6/month.