Prisoners of War Records now online

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>FindMyPast has added WW1 & WW2 Prisoners of War records to their military collection. The records were provided by the Naval & Military Press and consist of 7,703 British Army Officers who were Prisoners of War between 1914 and 1918 and over 170,000 records for British Officers and Men held in WW2. The WW2 records include Navy & Air Force personnel as well as Army.

The records vary in amount of information offered, but each entry could contain name, rank, service, section, dates held, death if it occurred in captivity, camp name etc.

This set of records will add much to researching the life of military ancestors.

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Craven Yorkshire website

An interesting article in this months WDYTYA magazine pointed me to this website which is dedicated to the men who fought & died in WW1 and who were from the Craven district of Yorkshire. The Craven district is the area within a 20 mile radius of Skipton in North Yorkshire.

So if you have an interest in this area take a look at this site, it is a great example of what people with an enthusiasm for history can achieve.

http://www.cpgw.org.uk/

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Boer War Records online

Boer War Records onlineFindMyPast has updated their Boer War records collection with 10,000 new records. The major inclusions in this update are:

The complete Queen’s South Africa medal roll for the Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards, 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and Rundles Scouts

The Wepener clasp rolls for Royal Scots, Royal Engineers, Cape Mounted Rifles, Driscoll’s Scouts and the Kaffrarian Rifles

I’m told that this collections comes from 470 sources so it is wonderful that they are all in one place and available at the flick of a button.

I don’t know who Meurig Jones is, but she is the genealogy angel that has provided FindMyPast with these new additions. So 3 cheers for Meurig !!

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Napoleonic Wars Research

Napoleonic Wars ResearchThis website is authored by the sister of Jill Chambers who is well know to genealogists for her great work on the people involved and affected by the Swing Riots of the 1830’s. However Barbara’s interest is in the men who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, they must have some interesting conversations when they have a family get together in the Chambers households!

The wars were from 1803 – 1815 and ended following Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

This site is well worth looking at if you think you might be researching these wars.

http://britisharmyresearchnapoleonicwars.co.uk/

Royal Artillery Medals & Honours

Royal Artillery Medals & HonoursMy father was in the Royal Artillery during WW2, that was until he got transferred to the East African Army and sent to Nairobi to learn Swahili. An interesting move on the British Army’s part as he was a bricklayer who hadn’t travel outside of Hampshire until he got his call up papers !! Anyway I digress…..

Find My Past has the nominal rolls of more than 16,500 military medals, which were awarded to members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery from WWI to the Falklands War.

These records could provide you with fascinating information about your ancestors’ military service, including the unit they served in, the type of service and details of the award itself.

They also have available for searching 21,400 Royal Artillery honours and awards for the period 1939-1946. The awards were given to officers and men of the Royal Regiment of Artillery for their gallantry and dedication during WWII. These records are a nominal roll of those awards.

So if you think your ancestor was in the Royal Artillery this could be a treasure trove of information.

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