While many First World War records are incomplete or lost, there are regimental histories, and organizations, such as the Commonwealth War Grave Commission which can help trace those that died.
Electoral records can link these men to particular streets and areas. The Absent Voters Registers 191819, can help identify a serviceman's address at the end of the war. Trade Directories can reveal their occupations before the war. Census records can highlight their family details and where they lived, plus information on what they did and where and when they were born. Local newspapers, books, dairies and journals can provide stories and photographs of the fallen or at least indicate what life was like for many of them.