Posted by on 10 November 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

November and the run up to Remembrance Sunday is always a time for reflection.  This is particularly so at Ancestry as we try to make records available at this time of year, which help people connect to their ancestors’ military history.  Notable releases over the last few years have been the definitive UK World War one collections, including the Service Records, Pension Records and WW1 Medal Rolls.

This year we are making access to all these resources completely free until the 14 November to allow everyone to connect with the military heros in their past.  We are also very proud to be supporting the Royal British Legion – and are making it possible for our members to support this tremendous cause and donate via the website.

We haven’t neglected our loyal members however and have a major release of new military records, which launched on the site on Tuesday.  The Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls is a huge series of records which details all the clasps, medals and service awards in relation to the operations of the British Army from 1793 right up to 1949. 

Included in the records are details of personnel who fought in the Crimea and Boer wars as well as the British Army’s operations in India.

We are very proud to be expanding our military records to include other armed services.  The Naval Medal and Award Rolls detail over 1.5 million records in relation to the operations of the British Navy from 1793 right up to 1972, and includes recipients of the British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-1915 Star, Arctic Medal, and the Delhi Durbar Medal among many others.

For the first time online our members can now connect with ancestors who may have fought in legendary conflicts such as the Battle of the Nile, Trafalgar and the Battle of Navarino, all the way up to and including both WW1 and WW2.

Finally, you can also read detailed accounts of amazing valour in our Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medals, 1914-1920 - a fitting tribute to the many sacrifices made in the name of war.

5 Comments

Teresa moy 

would love to see 2nd world war records and information on the acc.cooks after all an army marches on its stomach!
love all the military records but find it difficult when searching for services records ,even after i have found my ancestor died in the great war i cant find any enlistement or service about him.

CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE,WELL DONE FOR ALL YOUR WORK!

11 November 2010 at 3:46 pm
Jan 

I would love to see the records of civilian wartime decorations. I have a story of a family member who was one of the first to receive the OBE (in 1917?) for his civilian efforts in the early years of WW1, but I haven’t been able to find out where (or if) I can get more details about it.

Thanks for all the new additions you bring us.

11 November 2010 at 5:05 pm
Chagoi 

It would be nice to actually SEE the images of the UK Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949 … which I can’t. I get the Ancestry logo, navigation bar etc, but NO image.

See the message board post at http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.ancestry.uk-ire/2737/mb.ashx

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