For the past few months I’ve been playing around with Commonwealth War Graves Commission data from the First World War. The loss of life during the First World War was massive, as we all know: but I’ve seen little in the way of visualisation of the true cost of all these figures.
So here’s my attempt at trying to visualise the massive death toll from the First World War: the Commonwealth World War One Data Timeline. Limited by the data set this only looks at the British, Australian, Canadian, Indian, New Zealand and South African dead during the war: it doesn’t account for the millions lost by Commonwealth Allies (such as France and the US) or the Entente Powers.
More importantly, it doesn’t show the amount of deaths after armistice or the death toll from the Spanish Flu in 1919.
Regardless, I find it an interesting yet tragic way to explore the First World War. I plan to write up the full story of how I developed the timeline, but for the moment I’m keen to do some iteration and polishing on the actual timeline. So please check out my First World War data visualisation — any feedback gratefully received.