Depending on the record collections, you can build up an amazing amount of information about your ancestors.
You can find out about where your ancestors served and their regiment, medals they were awarded, injuries they suffered and how they died in battle. But that’s not all.
If you search the WWI British Army Service Records or the WWI British Army Pension Records, for example, you can often discover little-known information like physical description, next of kin, family information, clues as to their character, occupation and more. So you can build up an amazingly real picture of your ancestor.
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A brief history of military records
Military records go back hundreds of years — there’s even a collection dating back to 1522 which was created to “provide an indication of the country's capacity to supply arms and armour in time of war” — almost like a military census. And, to help you in your searches, we’re constantly adding more and more records to our collections.
By far the most extensive are our WWI record collections. From service records to medal rolls, there are so many ways for you to trace your ancestors’ military deeds.
Some WWI Service and Pension records were sadly destroyed in a Luftwaffe bombing raid during WWII. However, many records still survive to help you in your search.