Family History UK

Default screen resolution  Wide screen resolution  Increase font size  Decrease font size  Default font size  Skip to content

 

 

 Welcome to the best family history /genealogy website in the UK. The community site for you! Join us now! 
Help us, to help you, to help us all!

 

 

Today in History

On December 15, 1939
Nylon was first produced commercially in Delaware, US.
Powered by FH UK on-this-day-in-history

Wanted Names - Latest Added

Edwards - Glamorgan
Date(s) : 1813-1870
skeer - Kent
Date(s) : 1794 to 1798
gordon - Wigtownshire
Date(s) : 1840 to 1920
Hunt - All UK Countries
Date(s) : 1900 to 2000
Dallywater - Leicestershire
Date(s) : 1797-1808
Dallywater - Leicestershire
Date(s) : 1797-1808
medley - Berkshire
Date(s) : 1828 to 1860
medley - Berkshire
Date(s) : 1828 to 1860
carey - All Scotland
Date(s) : 1870 to 1904
JACKMAN - Canada
Date(s) : 1900 1941
Carroll - London
Date(s) : 1900-2010
williams - U.S.A.
Date(s) : 1936 to 1970
Mahoney - All UK Countries
Date(s) : 1872-1895
Etteridge - Other Country
Date(s) : 1880 to1924
Etteridge - Other Country
Date(s) : 1880 to1924
Etteridge - Other Country
Date(s) : 1880 to1924
coe - Cheshire
Date(s) : 2000
Laskey - All England
Date(s) : 1917-1950
ALLEN - Middlesex
Date(s) : 1828-1888
ALLEN - Middlesex
Date(s) : 1828-1888

Statistics

Visitors: 22003608

Who's Online

We have 1 guest online
Your IP:
54.90.207.75
Your ISP:
amazonaws.com
Add to Google
ARMY PDF Print E-mail
Support us - spread the word: Tag it:
Facebook
Twitter
Digg
Delicious
Reddit
Army  

During the 18th and 19th centuries, life in the army was seen as a career. Men joined up in the ranks for set periods of service, usually around 14 years.

On retirement, either through disability in the line of duty or after the expiration of service, many men were granted pensions. The surviving pension records, deposited at the National Archives, give many biographical details for each soldier, such as when and where they were born.

In addition there are musters and pay lists, description books, registers of regimental baptisms, marriages and burials and other material that allow you to trace each man’s career, often beyond British shores and into famous campaigns and battles.

There are similar sources available for commissioned officers, as well as printed ‘Army Lists’ that can be used to compile an outline of service and dates of promotion. Indeed there are many printed regimental histories available, as well as museums that can held place your relative’s career in its proper historical context.

However, most people look for the military records of a soldier who fought in the Great War. Unfortunately a large proportion of records were destroyed by enemy action in the Second World War, but in addition to the surviving documents there are unit war diaries, trench maps and an index to campaign medal entitlement, the closest thing to a union name index for serving soldiers.

For those who died in the conflict, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is a good place to start your research; Don’t forget that many people served in the support services, such as the Royal Army Medical Corps or Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service Reserve.

Relevant Links:

Family History WebSite:  Army   Navy    Air Force

The National Archives
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
www.cwgc.org

Imperial War Museum
www.iwm.org.uk

Imperial War Museum, Duxford
www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

National Army Museum
www.national-army-museum.ac.uk

National Maritime Museum
www.nmm.ac.uk

 
< Prev   Next >

Today in History


budget roller banner




 



Who do you think you are?
The book from the BBC program - a jargon-free idiot's guide to tracing your family history!


All logos and trademarks on this site are the property of Family History UK.
Copyright 2001-2010 Family History UK
Budget Roller Banners Hosted by Easy Family Hosting
Our site is valid CSS Our site is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional