Tracing your military relatives is a crucial part of family history. Few of our family members deserve to have their memories preserved more than those who fought to secure our freedom. The detailed records of these heroic forebears provoke feelings of awe, sorrow and pride that you won’t experience with any other documents.
It can be tricky to learn more about your brave relatives who answered the call in World War II. Many of their records remain locked up at the Ministry of Defence, available only to the next of kin.
This exclusive collection honours almost 350,000 casualties of WWII. If you don't have a soldier's service record, it will help you uncover details of their military career.
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Prisoners of War provide some of the most revealing stories from WWII, as they gained a fascinating glimpse behind enemy lines. This unique collection lets you uncover the experiences of PoWs in your family.
The records list prisoners held in Germany before 30 March 1945. If your relatives are among them, you can discover where and when they were captured and where they were kept captive.
This mammoth collection highlights the efforts of your relatives who served at sea. The Navy Medal Rolls reveal 1.5 million sailors who earned campaign medals from 1793 right up to 1972.
Both World Wars are included, so you can uncover the part your family played in these global conflicts. You'll also find seamen at the Battle of Trafalgar, The Crimea and the Zulu War.
Find out whether your relatives returned from war using our more recent records. For example, our British Phone Books go from 1880 right up to 1984, and will even give you your forebears' addresses.
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