Posted by on 24 June 2010 in Record Collections

Military records are among our most popular collections. For many family historians, unearthing tales of war heroes is the most rewarding part of their research. So, I thought I should let you know about some fascinating, and extremely useful, additions to our repertoire.

First up is a heart-wrenching record set from the Second Boer War. This was the British Army’s last major conflict before World War I, and it’s often forgotten among the horrors of the Great War. However, over 50,000 military men were killed, injured or captured in South Africa. Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902,¬†lists these men, along with their regiments, ranks and final fate. This release is already sparking massive interest.

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If your family’s military past stretches back even further, our second new collection is a must-see. Waterloo Medal Roll, 1815, details the brave men who fought and defeated Napoleon’s French force. Every¬†soldier who took part in the Battle received the Waterloo Medal, so our records effectively form a roll call of Wellington’s celebrated army.

Finally, if you have roots in the north-east of England, don’t miss Gateshead Roll of Honour, 1914-1920. This emotive scrapbook vividly records the experiences of the area’s World War I heroes.

To see our full range of military records, check out our new dedicated page. Please let me know how you get on with the new collections in the comments below.

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25 June 2010 at 1:39 am