WWI Records available on the internet

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by TheBigUn, Feb 20, 2008.

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  1. "The heroism of millions of Britain's First World War servicemen, from ordinary foot-soldiers to actors and future prime ministers, is disclosed on the internet for the first time from today"


    Interesting and it will enable lots of people to trace the history of their ancestors military service during WWI.

    The records of 5.5 million servicemen will be avialable!
  2. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Before people get too excited. Not all records are there. The records placed on Ancestry are from the so called burnt records WO/363.

    As an example there are 3996 men called Wilson listed on the CWGC site & yet only 11 listed on Ancestry. With the best will in the world I cannot see only 11 men called Wilson surviving the war.

    Yes a great number of records are now on line but don't be surprised if the one you are looking for is not.
  3. Goberment cut backs again on defence spending!!!! It would have cost to much to put them all on wouldnt it?

    Better to buy a new painting than to put someones hero on!
  4. The reason for many being missing is that a lot of the records were destroyed during the Blitz in WWII. These are the records that were salvageable from the bombing.
  5. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    The reason there are not on conco is in the title they are know by. 'the Burnt Records'. They were damaged during the 1940 Blitz. Some that survive have fire damage & some have water damage.
    Nothing to do with money this time!