Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The database lists the names and place of commemoration of the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars. It also records details of the 67,000 civilians who died in the Second World War. It is possible to search by surname, date, war, rank, regiment, awards or any combination
Helpful tips before you start Fill in as much information as you have, in the search box If you have the persons service number use it in the search box , but bear in mind that if they have changed regiments or service this will have changed. If you have Great War medals, look on the edge of the round medals (back of the star) the regiment and service number can be found here. Second war medals do not have the name or service number stamped on. If you don’t have the service number and the you come up with no results, try the following Use the middle name not the first name, sometimes people were called by their middle name. Use just an initial, first then second Try misspelling or use another spelling of the surname Remove the Regiment from the search.
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The British Army Medal index card can be quite useful, some may only have the name Regiment and service, other will show awards, place the person first entered the War
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Tracing British battalions or regiments during the First World War
Unit war diaries, trench maps and photographs are just some of the sources held in The National Archives. This webinar looks at how to find these records, and use them.
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Search for relative that were awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal to merchant seamen and officers in the First World War
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Royal Air Force officers’ service records 1918-1919
These are service records of officers who served in the Royal Air Force during the First World War (1914-1918). This collection in series AIR 76 consists of the records of over 99,000 men. The records were created from the inception of the RAF in April 1918. However, they include retrospective details of earlier service in the Royal Flying Corps or Royal Naval Air Service.
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Imperial War Museum
Lives of the First World War
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Ministry of Defence
Copy of British military service records
You can apply for the service record of a relative by going to the link below
Records date from 1920 and may include:medals received medical records details about someone’s career, eg the units they served in date of death, if they died in service In some cases little or no information is available about someone’s military service.
Check the National Archives for service records from 1913 to 1920 or service records before 1913.
Who can apply
You can apply for a copy of your own service records if you are, or have been, a member of the
armed forces, eg the army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force
You can apply for a copy of someone else’s service records if one of the following apply:
you’re their immediate next of kin, eg spouse or parent
you’ve got consent from their immediate next of kin
you have a general research interest – you’ll only have access to limited information, unless
they died more than 25 years ago
You’ll need to know the person’s full name, date of birth and service number.
You will also find a link to the Births, deaths, marriages certificates at the top of the records page
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The London Gazette
Search the London Gazette for entries relating to promotions and gallantry awards. Entries can appear some years after the event. It may not be easy to find what you are looking for, but preserver and you may well come across it. Click on the link below, then fill our the Search the Archives box and start your search.
British Newspaper Archive
Over 10 million searchable pages, from more than 200 newspaper titles from UK and Ireland
Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
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New Zealand War Graves Trust
The New Zealand War Graves Trust. Where the photographs, research and background information from the Trust’s project are lodged. You can search for a Casualty or a Cemetery.
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German War Graves
The Volksbund provides information to relatives on all matters related to war graves, advises public and private institutions, promotes international cooperation in the area of war grave maintenance and encourages young people to come together to learn at the last resting places of war casualties.
This is an English translation of the German search box to help you
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American Battle Monuments Commission
The American Battle Monuments Commission is a small independent agency of the United States government that administers, operates, and maintains permanent U.S. military cemeteries, memorials and monuments both inside and outside the United States.
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