This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 1.3 million military records from the UK, US and Australia. These latest additions include UK memorial rolls containing highly detailed biographies and photographic portraits, conscription tribunal records from the English county of Surrey, over 1 million US army pension cards and Australian soldier settlements from the State of Victoria.
Veterans Administration Pension payment cards, 1907-1933, contains over 1.3 million records. Since the American Revolution, congress has been involved in offering pensions for disabled soldiers and in the 1800s the government expanded them to cover veterans’ widows and dependents.
The collection is compiled of records detailing payments from the US Veteran’s Administration (VA) to those receiving veterans’ pensions. It includes both transcripts and images of the original pension records for payments made between 1907 and 1933. This means that some of the veterans listed actually died prior to 1907. Details can include how much money was paid out, when it was paid out and two whom, allowing you to discover your ancestor’s next of kin as well as their date of death and details of their military service.
Surrey, military tribunals 1915-1918 contains the details of over 10,000 men. Comprised of registers and letter books, the records cover four military tribunals held at Woking, Dorking, Haslemere and Guildford in the English county of Surrey. Military service tribunals were bodies set up by local councils for men who wanted to appeal for an exemption from conscription. A person had the right to appeal conscription on a number of grounds. One such example would be if he were employed in a position of national interest, such as farming or industry. Other reasons for appeal included ill health, infirmity, exceptional financial or business obligations, or conscientious objections. Conscientious objectors were not always given an exemption, but they could be assigned to non-combatant positions. Each record includes and transcript and image of the original document.
The Lloyds of London Memorial Roll 1914-1918 contains the records and photographs of men company employees who died during the First World War. Over 2,000 men from the historic insurance firm served in the military during the conflict, many of whom joined London regiments such as the London rifle Brigade or the London Scottish.
The Roll is a tribute to those who lost their lives during the conflict and contains the records of 216 men. Each name has two records, an entry in the memorial role and a photographic portrait, and will display both an image and a transcript that may include details of their rank, regiment and any awards they received.
The Stock Exchange Memorial Roll 1914-1918 is a record of employees of the London Stock Exchange who gave their lives for King and Country during the Great War. The Roll contains both men and women. Each entry contains a biography and, in some cases, touching testimonies from fellow soldiers and commanding officers.
When war was first declared, the subsequent fear surrounding borrowed money being called in led to the Stock Exchange closing at the end of July 1914. As a result of the closure, the Stock Exchange (10th) Battalion of Fusiliers was formed for the 1,600 men who volunteered service. Many of the men listed in the Roll served with this regiment.
Victoria, World War One Soldier Settlers contains the details of veterans of the First World War who applied for a land lease under the State of Victoria’s Battle to Farm settlement scheme. The scheme allowed discharged soldiers to lease land to settle in an effort to provide work for the large number men returning home after years of fighting. Large rural plots were subdivided into smaller units for farming and were then leased to soldier settlers.
There are over 12,000 transcripts in this collection, each of which links to scanned images of the original soldier settler file. Transcripts can contain information the land that was leased and reveal significant biographical details about individual settlers such as family names, past occupations, and financial details.
Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Friday’s page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.
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