Tracing Your Army Ancestors

Tracing Your Army Ancestors

by Simon Fowler

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Overview

Whether you are interested in the career of an individual officer, researching medals awarded to a soldier or just want to know more about a particular battle or campaign, this book will point you in the right direction. Assuming that the reader has no prior knowledge of the British army, its history or organization, family historian Simon Fowler explains which records survive, where they can be found and how they can help you in your research.

The author also describes resources available online as well as books and campaign histories. Worked examples are included which show how the records can be used to discover the career of an individual or a specific action, and particular attention is paid to explaining the records and the reasons behind their creation - this information can be very important in understanding how these documents can help your research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844154104
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 10/06/2007
Series: Tracing your Ancestors Series
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.25(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Simon Fowler is a professional writer, researcher and historian, specializing in family and military history. He has made a particular study of the First World War, and has long been interested in how Britain, and Europe, readjusted to post-war conditions. Daniel Weinbrens PhD concentrated on the impact of the First World War on British society. His historical publications include The Open University. A History and The Oddfellows 1810-2010. He has taught courses on war and society at several universities and currently teaches this subject at The Open University.

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Getting Started     1
Organisation of the Army in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries     20
The Army before 1660     32
Officers     37
Other Ranks: Enlistment and Conditions of Service     53
Medals     69
Casualty Records     76
Discipline and Desertion     86
Pension Records     94
Militia 1757-1914     101
Women     106
British in India     112
Dominion and Colonial Forces     119
Boer War     125
The First World War     134
The Second World War     153
1919-1969     168
Army Service Numbers     175
Problem Solving     178
TNA Research Guides on Tracing Soldier Ancestors     183
War Office Record Classes available only on Microfilm     186
Army Ranks     189
Index     191

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