13 March 2009
Fragile Red Cross archives to be digitised

Red Cross headquarters in Geneva intends to digitize the World War I section of its archives at a cost of around four million Swiss Francs, according to eminent British military historian Peter Barton during an interview with the BBC today. Commissioned to carry out research into the identities of the Great War casualties found at Pheasant Wood, the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary War Graves and Battlefields Heritage Group has apparently been given unrestricted access to records that have reportedly remained untouched since 1918. Breathtaking in scope the project is expected to be completed by 2014 if international support is obtained, with an estimated 20 million sets of details being earmarked for posting online from the original card indexes and ledgers compiled by the humanitarian organization.