Friday, 29 July 2011

Glasgow City Roll of Honour - Update

The Scottish Military Research Group have been running a project to fully transcribe the First World War Roll of Honour for the City of Glasgow. It was originally published in 1922 and listed name, rank, unit and address. At present it can only be viewed at the City Chambers in George Square, or the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. For people outside of Glasgow access to the information is difficult.

Our aim is to make the Roll more accessible, and at the same time make it easier to search and sort the data.

The first section of 4,340 names covered surnames A - D and was released on 23rd December 2011.

Today we are pleased to release the second section, which covers the surnames E - K and is for a further 3,600 names.

The purpose of the project is to take the existing information and make it more manageable, without diluting it with extraneous information. Among the goals of the project are the following:

• Split the name into surname and first name(s), thus making it easier for researchers to search for a specific name.

• Standardise the Unit text, making it easier for searching. For example, "Black Watch" and "Royal Highlanders" will be standardised into one specific unit title, as will "Cameronians" and "Scottish Rifles", This will make it easier for a researcher looking for a specific regiment or unit.

• Splitting the address into separate fields, thus making it easier for a researcher to locate the fallen for a specific street, district or even a particular house.

The Roll contains nearly 18,500 names and only a small number of people are working on the project so it is likely to be 2012 before it is fully completed.

A lot of the work in transcribing the roll was undertaken by the late Kevin O'Neill who was an enthusiastic researcher and transcriber of Great War records. The newly transcribed roll is dedicated to his memory.

The two completed sections of the Roll can be viewed by clicking the links below:

Glasgow City Roll of Honour E-K

Glasgow City Roll of Honour A-D

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