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Irish Officers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Discover more about the Irish officers who died in the First World War. Learn where and when an officer died, as well as the cause of their death. You may also uncover details of an officer's family and civilian life.
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Honourable Women of the Great War, 1914-1918
Did your female ancestors serve during the First World War? Learn about the wartime activities they engaged in, where they served and details of their pre-war life such as their residence, occupation and father's name. You may even find a photograph of your ancestor.
British subjects who died in the service of the Indian Empire
Discover British subjects who died in the service of the Indian Empire. View digital images of original documents to uncover your ancestor's birth and death years, rank, regiment, and service history.
Airmen Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Explore this Index of death records covering the Australian Flying Corps, Miscellaneous Airmen Casualties, Pre-War Casualties, Royal Air Force, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service, United States Air Service Casualties Attached to the Royal Fighting Corps/Royal Air Force, US Navy Casualties, and Women's Royal Air Force.
Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards [Commando gallantry award citations, 1939-1945]
Over 58,000 additional records have been added to the collection. The new additions cover recipients of the Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Distinguished Service Order and Commando Gallantry awards.
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- Liverpool Echo: 1989-1990
- The Newcastle Journal: 1992
- The Music Hall and Theatre Review: 1908-1909, 1912
- The Scottish Referee: 1893, 1895-1896, 1899
- The Wicklow people: 1914, 1917-1929, 1931-1976. 1986-2001
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Facts & Finds
Our collection of Gallantry Awards records contains multiple entries for the most highly decorated British private of the First World War, Private Henry Tandey. Tandey won the VC, DCM and MM but is most commonly remembered as the soldier who supposedly spared a young Adolf Hitler's life in September 1918.
3 top tips for tracing military ancestors
Keep your timeline handy
- Having significant dates from your ancestors' lives to hand will help make your search easier.
Take note of service numbers
- Most military records will include one. Searching by service number can often be the fastest way of tracking down other records for you ancestor.
Check Local newspapers
- They often printed stories about local men who had gone away to fight. You may even find your ancestor's obituary, photograph or a letter they sent home.
Were your ancestors married in secret? Next week's update will include clandestine marriages records from the vaults of The National Archives UK.
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