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Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 4 Dec 2011 20:24

- for Cheryl

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 12 Nov 2011 15:26

Currently some military records are free to search and download from ancestry:

http://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=39

because of it being Remembrance time.

jackiecheshire

jackiecheshire Report 1 Nov 2011 19:43

nudge

Mariian

Mariian Report 22 Aug 2011 11:12

I am looking for records WW1 belgium front was where WILLIAM BAILEY 1888 WHO WAS BORN AT ECKINGTON lived in DINNINGTON FROM YEAR 1905 APPROX. WAS A COAL MINER AT DINNINGTON when he went to BELGIUM TO SERVE AS A MEDIC I WOULD LIKE TO FIND ANY RECORDS AND REQUEST HELP IF POSSIBLE Marian Hunt nee Camsey I presume he would be in a Yorkshire rgt I havent a clue how to find him in Belgium
Kind offers of help please requested by MARIAN :-
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xDaisyx

xDaisyx Report 24 Jul 2011 08:30

bookmarking for later

Vicci

Vicci Report 24 Jul 2011 06:49

Boer War
http://www.genealogyworld.net/boer/tracing.html
http://www.genealogyworld.net/boer/forces.html

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Databases/BoerDetailed/index.html

http://www.angloboerwar.com/

Persephone

Persephone Report 24 Jul 2011 01:19

This gives not only those that died during the two wars but also lists those that went overseas and came back, has addresses of next of kin, what the military personnel had as an occupation prior to enlistment, when they embarked and where they were going.

http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/


Edit: Quite often there is a photo and sometimes a newspaper clipping about the enlisted member.

Perchino

Perchino Report 23 Jul 2011 20:45

Records of service personnel going as far back as Crimean War:

Corps of Royal Engineers-Other Ranks
Later Staff Sergeant, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. ... Served in the Royal Engineer Militia. Entitled to the Territorial Efficiency Medal (GVR) with bar ..... Holloway, William Arthur (died of wounds at Messines, 6/7/1917) ...

www.reubique.com/links.htm

Perchino

Perchino Report 12 Jul 2011 07:02

nudge

GinaS

GinaS Report 5 Jul 2011 07:32

nudge for future ref.

GinaS

GinaS Report 5 Jul 2011 07:32

nudge for future ref.

Perchino

Perchino Report 4 Jul 2011 20:43

I have just found this site for Royal Navy WW1 awards:

Mention in Despatches, Royal Navy, World War 1
31 Dec 2010 ... Mention in Dispatches Oakleaf on World War 1 Victory Medal ribbon. on to MID, July-Dec 1918 .... Ch. Offr. Donald McPhee. Ch. Engr. Edmund Arthur Field. ..... Arthur Marsh, O.N. J13760 ( Po. ). Ldg. Teleg. ...

www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyBritishLGDecorationszzMe...

and for WW2:

British Gallantry, Orders, Decorations, and ... - Peter ...
I created this page primarily for Members of the BBC WW2 website. .... Initially it was solely for petty officers and men of the Royal Navy and ...

www.petergh.f2s.com/medals.htm - 45k

DIZZI

DIZZI Report 4 Jul 2011 20:06

IF YOU KNOW THE REGIMENT ITS ALWAYS USEFULL TO PHONE THEIR MUSEUM .
THEY ARE USUALLY VERY VERY HELPFULL
RECENTLY I WAS GIVEN WHERE THEY WERE STATIONED IN 1901,,,LADYSMITH

DIZZI

DIZZI Report 4 Jul 2011 20:04

I HAVE A LIST OF ALL WW1 WHO DIED THE LAST DAY OF THE WAR

Perchino

Perchino Report 7 Jun 2011 19:25

RAF Bomber Command WW2:

RAF BOMBER COMMAND IN WW2
This website tells the story of the Royal Air Force's bomber aircrews, airmen and airwomen and their contribution to victory in the Second World War (WW2) ...

www.rafbombercommand.co.uk/ - 4k - Similar

Edit:
1. Service records
The National Archives does not hold service records if the officer served after 1922 or the airman or woman served after 1924. The records are still held by the Ministry of Defence. Ex-servicemen and next-of-kin may obtain brief details; write to:

RAF Disclosures, Room 221b, Trenchard Hall, RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 8HB.

Another site for promotions etc:

Flight magazine archive section
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/index.html

DazedConfused

DazedConfused Report 5 Jun 2011 12:37

Many war diaries are kept at either Kew or the Imperial War Museum, but some are still held within the regimental archives of the relevant regiment, so do not know if those will be released.

When I sent off for my dads army records (as mentioned above) I also got some of his Home Guard records as there was a cross over, between Home Guard, Territorial Army and his National Service.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 3 Jun 2011 18:16

Service records for those who served after WW1 but not including WW2 (not sure of cut off date) should be available at the National Archives (and possibly online) relatively soon (don't know when, yet!).

I believe Home Guard records for WW2 will also be released "soon".

Most WW1 British Army War Diaries aren't online, although a lot are. I'm told all will be online by next year.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 3 Jun 2011 17:57

Thank you for adding useful information :-)

*~~*Posh*~~*

*~~*Posh*~~* Report 3 Jun 2011 14:50

www.britains-smallwars.com

A very good site.....

mgnv

mgnv Report 3 Jun 2011 04:19

Copy of post, originally by Janey Canuck, made 2/6/11 23:42
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PP, as I understand it, the release date for most of those inter-war records has not been reached yet. My grfather stayed in the military after WWI to about 1925, and I'm patiently waiting.


Many men born in the UK enrolled in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI.

You can search those records here:

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-100.01-e.php

For most, the original enrolment form can be seen. It shows date and place of birth, occupation and address, and name and address of next of kin (wife, if married, mother, if living, sometimes sister or brother -- the NOK will often be in the UK).

This is also useful if there is a marriage in England around the time of WWI and the groom can't be identified -- he may have come from Canada in the Cdn military.

The Cdn counterpart of the CWGC site is the Canadian Virtual War Memorial:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem

Sometimes there will be different details there, and also the public is invited to submit photographs to be included in the record there. As well, the ornate pages from the Books of Remembrance can be downloaded and printed (linked from the casualty records).

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If you go to the CEF search URL in Janey's post, there's a search help link there with a link

"How to order a copy of a complete service file"

The cost is postage, plus a per page copying cost (with a discount for OAPs).


Another link is "War Diaries of the First World War"
Once you've gotten his or her service record, so know which unit they're in, you can look up the day to day activities of that unit. Officers will be mentioned by name, but rarely will "other ranks" be named.

Most WDs are digitized and online (also true of Oz AIF WDs).