We’re very excited to be sponsoring War Hero In My Family on Channel 5. In the second episode of the series, former politician Ann Widdecombe, and motoring journalist Quentin Willson both uncover the Heroes in their family. Tune in to channel 5 from 8pm tonight.
It’s all very well these celebrities having experts on hand to help them uncover their family stories, but what about us normal folk? Well help is at hand! In an effort to help you identify a war hero in your own family we will be conducting a live expert Q&A session from the National Army Museum for our friends on Facebook. We’ve managed to secure time with three National Army Museum experts between 11am and 12 noon, who will be available to answer your questions and perhaps help you identify a War Hero in your family. Log on live from 11am to midday tomorrow via our Facebook page.
Generously lending their time to help you with your queries will be the following NAM experts:
The Museum’s Regimental Liaison Officer, Julian has a particular strength in photo recognition of late Victorian and World War One and Two soldiers from uniform and equipment. For many people identifying the Regiment in Granddads photo is the first stage in family history therefore he can often unlock the key to progress the search further.
An Information & Community Outreach Curator, he is responsible for the delivery of the Museum’s public engagement and outreach programmes. With a background in archaeology, his specialisations are imperialism, colonial society, and post-colonial conflict including the British Army in Australasia and the Pacific, and Australian, Commonwealth, and twentieth century military history.
Also a curator in the Museum’s Access and Outreach Department, Chris’ main interest is medieval history. However after many years working with the NAM’s Uniform, Badges and Equipment collections he has a broad knowledge of 19th and 20th century military history.
We will try to answer as many questions as possible within the hour, so please be patient! You can of course find out more about military records and get searching our comprehensive collection right now here.
Kelly Godfrey is Senior Manager, Digital Marketing for Ancestry.co.uk. Based in Ancestry's London office in Hammersmith, Kelly regularly tweets and posts on Ancestry's Facebook page as well as here on the blog.