Armed Forces Memorial - search engine?

Discussion in 'Geoff's Search Engine.' started by geoff501, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Some of you may know The Armed Forces Memorial:

    Home | Armed forces memorial

    There is a Roll of Honour, which can be searched by name and/or number, containing over 36,000 service personnel who died in service, in or out of conflict:

    Roll of honour | Armed forces memorial


    I have added a mini-search engine, to allow searching on keywords.
    These can be names, numbers, place name, burial location or date and occur anywhere in the record.

    Note that dates are in the form 15 December 1908 and can be birth or death. Data input is case insensitive.

    Here is the link:

    Geoff's AFM Search Engine


    (it's new and hope there are no bugs!)

    cheers,

    geoff
     
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  2. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Nice one Geoff!.....any ideas on how long it takes for a name to be put on the memorial?....would like to go there on Remembrance Day this year....

    Donnie
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Great stuff Geoff.
    :poppy:

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  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Geoff,

    Another piece of great work on your part. A real credit to you.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  5. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Nice one Geoff!.....any ideas on how long it takes for a name to be put on the memorial?....would like to go there on Remembrance Day this year....

    Donnie

    No idea, Donnie. I would hope to think they could make additions pretty quickly, since it is a current development. I know the website is due for some maintenance as it was last year. Don't know who to ask. There is a contact form on the website, I've never used it .
     
  6. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Great stuff Geoff.
    :poppy:



    Nice photos.... I must get there.
     
  7. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    any ideas on how long it takes for a name to be put on the memorial?
    Donnie

    Just checked this online database by searching, the latest date is December 2007. I know it was updated towards the end of last year and there is an update due early next year.

    Would be interesting to know the answer to your question.
     
  8. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    Hi mate,

    Makes you wonder how difficult it is just too add the names on the memorial.....my mate was killed in Feb of this year...its crazy to have to wait so long.

    Donnie.
     
  9. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Nice one Geoff!.....any ideas on how long it takes for a name to be put on the memorial?....would like to go there on Remembrance Day this year....

    Donnie

    I was there in the middle of February 2009 and the names carved on the memorial went up to 2007.
     
  10. Jerome

    Jerome Junior Member

    Another great product Geoff - just did a quick test drive - a detailed search is scheduled for later on this week!
     
  11. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    I've added a 'remembering today' feature to the page. Randomly selected (almost) by computer, so hope it works OK....all 365 days are featured...
     
  12. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

  13. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Another great product Geoff - just did a quick test drive - a detailed search is scheduled for later on this week!

    Jerome,

    Wondered if you saw this, it was posted on IFCP forum but you need to be a member, I think, but it's also here:

    New CWGC Commemorations - Great War Forum
     
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  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Great Stuff Geoff !
     
  15. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    If anyone using this to search on a keyword gets hits that don't seem relevant to the search data, it could be because the place of birth field has been removed from their website. Not sure what else has changed....


    EDIT Just searched their site for Donnie's mate. They seem to have recorded the name only and no further details. I wonder if they are in the process of updating it, but it all seems very odd.
     
  16. Neil Clark

    Neil Clark Junior Member

    Great stuff Geoff. I'm impressed as ever....

    Your no1 fan
     
  17. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    The links produced by my AFM search engine seem to be broken - the database has been moved.

    Probably fixable, but I don't think it is used much?
     
  18. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

    Geoff,

    I totally disagree.

    Thanks to you and your search engine I found 72 men with Walsall connections who have died post war whilst serving in the military.

    Several of these were 'killed in action' and have no other commemoration locally.

    For this I heartily thank you.

    I have recently used the search engine whilst researching other areas, ie Willenhall, Darlaston and others. Whilst the link does not work it has given me the names to search on the Armed Forces Memorial. Again, many thanks, I totally appreciate the facility you have given us.

    Regards,

    Graeme
     
  19. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    If it is just the links that are wrong and the underlying database is unchanged, it should be easy to fix. Unlike the Scottish database, which now seems to have data for all casualties who were of Scottish origin or served in Scottish regiments from WW1 to the present day. A big job to update that one!

    Did you see any problems that I mentioned in post #15? But that was a few years ago and I'm not sure when the links stopped working.
     
  20. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit Patron

    Now fixed! and should work. I'm not sure what updates they have added - these will not be in my search index.
     

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