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5 new ways to trace your military ancestors

We’re giving you 5 new ways to trace your military ancestors this Remembrance Weekend. We’ve added thousands of new records covering both World Wars, and stretching right back into the 19th century.

The largest new release is Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1945. If you have relatives who fell in either World War I or II, this collection could tell you where they’re buried, and also give you the names of other family members. It covers more than half a million graves in total.

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Our second new collection is no less emotive. Prisoners of War, 1914-1918, reveals 8,000 British officers who were captured during WWI, and tells you their ranks, regiments and dates of capture and release.

If you’re looking for WWII veterans, we’ve also added thousands more records to the similar Prisoners of War, 1939–1945. This includes ordinary soldiers as well as officers. Plus, you’ll find new Memorial Books from WWI and WWII, and additions to our Navy Lists, 1888-1963.

Don’t forget, we already have the largest online collection of World War I records, plus medal records, casualty lists and more from the modern era right back to the Battle of Waterloo. So there are plenty of opportunities to discover your family’s heroes.

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2 Comments

Sue King 

Whilst I very much appreciate the inclusion of entries from the Commonwealth War Graves, the intimation is that this is the COMPLETE list of all the casualties. However, just perusing the Somme and Ancre entries, it is more than obvious that there are huge gaps in the coverage. I am assuming that further entries will be added in future, but perhaps rewording of the current information might be a good idea, to indicate that this is NOT the complete list. I know that my grandfather is commemorated at Thiepval – but as the names beginning with A have yet to be added, it might be misleading for others trying to locate their ancestors. Just a thought!!!!

7 November 2012 at 4:53 pm
David 

I agree and it is only a partial list of those who have graves and does not include who could not be identified or were missing and have no known graves. It is very odd that the Arras cemetery in the Pas-de-Calais is not included and there are of course soldiers who were buried in the UK. This list has always been known to be incomplete and there is another list of soldiers who fell or simlar words.

7 November 2012 at 6:48 pm