I am local to Portsmouth and would like to give to the City a record of all the Portsmouth citizens who served during the Great War, not only those who paid the ultimate sacrifice but all those that served in one capacity or another. Several years ago I embarked on a project to produce a database containing the details of as many of these people as I could find. At the time of writing, it records information of over 12700 men and women and it continues to grow. It includes as much information as I have been able to find including, date of birth, marriage and death, census records, service records etc.
I also think it’s important to visit the graves of those who fell and pay my respects, which means I visit the battlefields regularly throughout the year. When I am on the battlefields I feel that it’s important to also pay my respects to all nationalities who fell in the war. I regularly take tours over to France and Belgium and if anyone is thinking of visiting the battlefields please look at the tour page or contact me and we can talk through your needs for a battlefields visit.
You can follow my progress through the website, twitter @alanlaishley, Facebook, Portsmouth WW1 Research or Instagram alanlaishley. I can also be contacted directly via the contact page.
I will be updating the website as often as possible, so please check back regularly.