New search options include being able to search by rank, regiment, service number or awards/honours. More options are said to be being added in the coming months.
Martin Edwards has created a great website that contains details of over 1,500 men who served in the 1st and 1st Garrison Battalions, Bedfordshire Regiment and died during the First World War. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.
What a wonderful resource to offer to historians and genealogists alike.
My 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.
Ancestry.co.uk have announced a new addition to their military collection. Even if you don’t have a recipient on your family tree it would be interesting to find out if anyone from your ancestors village or town was awarded the highest bravery award.
The Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest award for bravery “in the face of the enemy”. Our latest record collection provides extensive details of the 1,354 soldiers, sailors and civilians under military command who had earned it up to 2007.
Victoria Cross Medals, 1857–2007, provides each recipient’s name, birth and death dates, their last known rank or unit and a full description of the courageous act that won them the medal. For most of these heroes, you’ll even find a portrait photo, plus details of their final resting place.
I’ve just had an email from Sue Light who is the person behind Military Nurses Records now available on Find My Past. She said she hadn’t been called a genealogical hero before, but I think anyone who offers their many hours of hard work to the public is a hero!
What I didn’t know was that Sue is also the author of a website called http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk/. Having had a look at this well designed website I feel quite cheated that I don’t seem to have any military nurses on my family tree. There is so much to read on this site, Ware Diaries, Medals, Hospitals, different nursing services, book list and also a page about researching a nurse.
I think I will have to borrow some one else nursing ancestor and graft them onto my tree !