On 4 August 1914 the First World War started with the German invasion of Belgium. Four years later, on 11 November 1918, the weapons fell silent, and on 28 June 1919 the Peace Treaty of Versailles was signed. Between the start of the war and the signing of the peace, millions of deaths were mourned worldwide, out of which hundreds of thousands in Belgium.
The Name list wishes to bring all the fatalities linked to the First World War in Belgium and all Belgian war dead, both civilian and military, together in one integrated list. Almost one hundred years later such a list is still non-existent. The estimation is 600,000 dead, of which 550,000 in West Flanders.
Various official organisations keep victim lists, for which great efforts were and are done, but they are all national. The Name list aims to unite all fatalities in one common history, but it is explicitly not the intention to replace the databases of the official war grave committees. The database of the In Flanders Fields Museum sorts a number of basic details per victim, but for all other information it is recommended to contact the official organisation in charge of compiling the partial list or the Knowledge Centre of the In Flanders Fields Museum.
The Name list will never be totally complete, but we aim to reach historical reality as closely as possible. We would like to do this with you. If you have questions, comments or additions, please contact us: Kenniscentrum@ieper.be
The Name list is currently being structured. You will therefore find only some of the victims. The list will be made as complete as possible by 2014.
The Name list will be one of the base pillars of GONE WEST, the cultural initiative of the Province West Flanders in view of the centennial commemorations in 2014-2018.