Online database of fallen British and Irish railwaymen from WWI Posted on January 11, 2016 by Gail Dever The National Railway Museum in York, England announced it has launched its online, searchable database of fallen railway workers from the First World War. More than 20,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish railwaymen lost their lives during WWI, and this unique database sheds light on how the war affected the railways and their employees who served in the military. One railway in England lost more than 1,300 men. Another lost 1,200. Using information from the museum’s own collection and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the museum has created a database containing the names of these fallen men, as well as details about their civilian and military lives. The museum says, “The First World War was truly a railway war. For the first time in history, the railways allowed war to be fought on an industrialised scale, transporting vast numbers of men, and the ammunition which would kill so many of them.”
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