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World War 1 records

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Ann Report 26 Apr 2013 10:29

I cannot trace the service records of my grandfather THOMAS HENRY CRITCHLOW, born in Buxton Derbyshire UK on 30/4/1893and would appreciate some help please


Gai Report 26 Apr 2013 10:37


I have read here on the boards that a number of WW1 records were lost in the bombings in WW2.

I've had a look and I can't see your Thomas Critchlow either.



Potty Report 26 Apr 2013 12:03

this could be his medal card; he was gunner and received the Victory and British medals:

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
about Thomas H Critchlow
Name: Thomas H Critchlow
Regiment or Corps: Royal Garrison Artillery
Regimental Number: 175849


DazedConfused Report 26 Apr 2013 12:29

Only around 30% of all WW1 army records survive, some only 1 medical or medal card.

During WW2 the building where these records were kept was badly bombed.

Also there is no rhyme or reason to the names of those whose records survice, they can be from any letter of the alphabet and from a myriad of regiments.

In this case it is truly the luck of the draw.


GlitterBaby Report 26 Apr 2013 12:30

You are lucky to find any records as 70% were destroyed during the bombing of WW2

I only found the medal card for my grandfather


GlitterBaby Report 26 Apr 2013 12:32

If the medal card is right then you can search the records on Ancestry by using his service number in case it has been mistranscirbed