Thursday, August 9, 2007

British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920

As reported on Web User, "WWI pension records online," a collaboration between the National Archive and genealogy site Ancestry.co.uk has seen the pension records of one million men who fought in the great war posted online. Now all the pension records that exist - many were destroyed by fire after bombing raids in the Second World War - are online.

Ancestry.co.uk managing director Simon Harper said: "The completed British Army World War One Pension Records provide vital information on this brave group of men and are an important resource for anyone interested in researching virtually any soldier who sustained illness or injuries whilst serving in the First World War."

According to Ancestry web site, each file typically contains date and place of enlistment, tours of duty, medical history and former occupations, and may also "contain next of kin information.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

World War I records go online at ancestry.co.uk

It's something to shout about, anytime significant new documents go online. This week in an article titled, "World War 1 military records go online," it was announced the Ancestry.co.uk web site has teamed up with The National Archives to make service and pension records of soldiers who served in the British Army between 1914 and 1920 available online. The records come from over 8,000 reels of transcribed microfilm at The National Archives. "Users will be able to find details about people's former occupations, physical appearance, discipline records, regimental movements, postings, next of kin, and military career histories and, in some cases, the manner of their deaths." According to the article, "German bombing raids in 1940 destroyed around 60 per cent of service records that were held," so we can grateful for those that survive. The records can be searched on the web site ancestry.co.uk, on a per-view basis or by subscription.

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