The Long, Long Trail is a personal website, born in 1996 and developed as a hobby ever since. Every word of it is written by Chris Baker but with much help along the way from some key sources and information provided by others.
Along the way it spawned and then spun off the incredibly successful Great War Forum, which has brought thousands of family and military historians together from across the globe.
The site is 100% funded by Milverton Associates Ltd, a company registered in the UK which is wholly owned by the author. All site facilities are free for visitors to use.
The original intent was to build a comprehensive online order of battle for the British Army in the First World War. It still is: but along the way, mainly because people asked, sections have been added on how to research a soldier; the battles and battlefields of the war; and much more.
You can do lots of things on this website. For example, if you know the regiment and unit that a soldier served with, you can see where he went and which battles he took part in. This is how:
[In this example, we are looking at a man who served in the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles]
First, read the page about his unit. To do that, click on Infantry regiments, then on Royal Irish Rifles. You will see a brief history of 2nd Battalion. Make a note of the Divisions with which they served, and when.
Now click on British Divisions. The battalion was in 3rd Division first, so click that. Read their history: it tells you which engagements they were involved in. Then repeat for 25th Division and 36th (Ulster) Division and you have the full picture!
Some parts of the Long, Long Trail have been moved from the www.1914-1918.net domain to the www.longlongtrail.co.uk domain. The detailed pages will not show up when using the site search at www.1914-1918.net. Please see this list of sections which have been moved.