Monday, November 9, 1998 Published at 10:38 GMT
War graves records go online
Tracing a war grave has often been difficult
Relatives of those who died in two world wars will be able to trace their loved ones' burial sites on a Website.
The commission, which looks after memorials in more than 150 countries, holds information on 1.7m soldiers from Commonwealth countries and 60,000 civilian casualties.
But before recent computerisation, the records were stored in more than 3,000 drawers and cross referenced to 1,500 cemetery registers - which made tracking people down very time consuming.
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The new service, due to be unveiled by comedian Spike Milligan, will give Net users instant access to the records.
"But now anyone can search using key words and narrow down the hits with more information. This is definitely the way forward for us."
Users will be able to find out where a person is buried or commemorated, their regiment, medals hometown and in some cases a brief record of their service history and acts of bravery.
There are also plans in the future for the educational aspect of the site to be developed further - with more information and facilities that will fit in with the national school curriculum.