MoD redesigns online Armed Forces memorial

Service has been redeveloped to improve ease of use and better adhere to GDS standards

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The government has launched upgraded the online service providing a publicly searchable record of Armed Forces personnel killed in service.

Hosted on GOV.UK, the Armed Forces Memorial Roll of Honour Service is a digital service allowing the public to search for the records of former servicewomen and men by name or service number. The database contains information on all Armed Forces personnel killed anywhere since 1948, and those killed in Palestine from 1945 to 1947.

Individual profiles include information on service, regiment or corps, date of death, place of burial, and whether or not the person’s name features on the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (pictured above).

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Unveiled this week by Veterans UK – a government unit that sits within the Ministry of Defence – the updated online service has been “modernised” so as to be consistent with the design of GOV.UK and to improve compliance with guidelines set out by the Government Digital Service. The redesign will also make the site more user-friendly, according to Defence Business Services (DBS) – a shared services unit which provides various back-office and support functions across the MoD and arm’s-length bodies, and delivered the modernisation project.

“The memorial commemorates members of the armed forces killed since the end of World War 2 and work has been underway to make the online service easier for the public to use and more compliant with GDS standards,” the unit said. “At DBS, we are committed to modernising the services we provide and this new and improved online service will be familiar to those who use services on as it follows the same layout as renewing a passport or updating a driver’s licence. The new guidance page and online service makes it easier for people to carry out searches and enables users to provide feedback.”


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