Royal Artillery Medals & Honours

clip_image002My 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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Thames Watermen & Lightermen

Find My Past has just published 99,000+ occupational records of Thames Lightermen & Watermen. The collection dates from 1688 to 2010 and is as follows…..

  • The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames binding records 1692-1949 – 82,238 records
  • The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames reassignments 1688-1908: a list of apprentices who were reassigned from one master to another – 12,410 records, including information about both masters and apprentices
  • Thomas Doggett Coat & Badge, ‘The Hanover Prize’: a record of all known competitors who rowed in the annual race 1715-2010 – 4,402 records
  • Corporation of Trinity House: a register of licences granted to ex-mariners to work as watermen on the River Thames 1829-1864 – 90 records

My friend Sue will be so pleased to see this collection as will all those with ancestors who worked the Rover Thames.

Scarlet Finders

clip_image002I’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 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 !

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