First World War records go online.

its expensive, over £60 a year, various packages
14 days free option
BenghaziBandit said:
You could make flower bowls out of em if you warmed em up! :D
I've done that! Put them on an up-turned plant pot in a warm oven.
Now I feel old. Thanks for that. :roll: :wink:

BenghaziBandit said:
Surely many WW1 service records were lost in Blitz WW2?
A lot were but what was left is now available, previously it was just up to the letter 'N' I think. I think they've also rewritten the missing ones from other records such as medal index cards and pensions records.
It'll cost you a bomb to access them on 'Ancestry' though.


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I haven't tested this yet but many Ancestry records can be accessed for free using in participating public libraries. Your local authority may or may not subscribe and some libraries in its area may not be included in the subscription. Otherwise, if you plan ahead, you can take a 14 day trial to use from home but be sure to cancel before the 14 days is up so that you don't get billed. I believe it is keyed on credit card number.

Some of the records in the National Archives contain details of height and chest size for instance and also correspondence in which the Army is stonewalling against paying out for disability etc. (if you thought that was new!). Don't know yet whether all that stuff, which is viewable on microfiche at Kew, is now online. Medal records ARE online (and have been for some time) which can at least give the most basic detail - but some people maybe did not claim, perhaps unsurprisingly just wanted to hang their boots up and forget all about it.

If you find a man has been transferred from infantry (say) to Labour Corps this may give a clue to a medical downgrade.
Careful though, from personal experience I know Ancestry have 'forgotten' to action the cancellation of a subscription and I'm not the only one its happened too.

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