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Finding records of military service

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Deborah Report 19 Sep 2013 16:44

I'm trying to find records of my grandfather who fought in WW1. I know quite a few details and know that he was a "runner" on the front line. I remember seeing his medals but unfortunately we have lost them over the years. The military sites seem to have no records of him. Help!!


Porkie_Pie Report 19 Sep 2013 16:59

Does he have a name?

Year and place of birth?

regiment and service number if known



MarieCeleste Report 19 Sep 2013 22:41

Hi Deborah, welcome to the boards.

Over 60% of WW1 records were destroyed during WW2 which may be why he's not showing on military sites. There's a possibility that his medal cards may be on Ancestry.

As Roy says, if you can give us his detail then we can start looking .........


Deborah Report 3 Jan 2014 19:20

Thanks for your replies, He was William Henry Atkins, born in 1894 at Tipton which was then in Staffs. Sorry don't know any more details, just that he was a "runner" on the front line because he was so fast.