This website started as a spin-off from a website created for the Green Howards Museum, - Walking With Ghosts (though this latter website is no longer on line). This particular site was designed to help schoolchildren discover something about the technology of warfare, and how it affected people's lives, in the First World War and after. Part of the Walking With Ghosts website was aimed at showing the terrible human cost of warfare.
However, at the same time, the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering were compiling a database of men from the the North of Yorkshire who fought and died in the First World War as part of the Beck Isle Museum Great War Project. This database and memorials recording project was designed and established by Roger Dowson with funding support from the Sharing Museum Skills Millennium Awards Fund and with assistance from Creative Minds. Roger Dowson worked on secondment to the Beck Isle Museum from the Fusiliers Museum, Lancashire who also supported the project idea.
The Beck Isle Museum kindly allowed us to have access to their database of names of men of the Yorkshire Regiment who were killed in the First World War and whose names are recorded on North Yorkshire memorials. The use of the Beck Isle Museum data was very much a stepping stone to get this website off the ground, and the data in that project has been superceded by subsequent data gathered for this website.