Henry Clifford Howell, 4th Hussars

Posted on: 23, September, 2017

  This superb photo of Henry Clifford Howell dates to the 30th September 1879. Henry had joined the regiment at Birmingham on the 19th November 1878, aged 27 years and five months. This would have been considered old for a first enlistment but his surviving papers note that he had already served seven years and […]


David Mackinlay Potter, 67th Foot

Posted on: 22, September, 2017

David Mackinlay Potter is the latest officer to appear on British Army Ancestors. He was a lieutenant when this photograph was taken, but rose to the rank of major in the 67th Foot. Born in 1845 he was commissioned on the 24th November 1863, promoted to lieutenant on the 8th July 1868, and promoted again […]


Duplicate records on British Army Ancestors

Posted on: 18, September, 2017

You will find duplicate records on this site and the man above is a good example. When I was pulling together the different data collections I was aware of course that there would be individuals who appear in more than one collection. The First World War medal index cards and the service and pension records […]


6680 Sgt Edward William Helyer, 1st Grenadier Guards

Posted on: 4, September, 2017

I’ve bought and sold many postcards in my time, but the only card I regret selling is this one which I purchased in an antique shop 20+ years ago, and re-sold on eBay about seven years ago. It was sent by 6680 Sergeant Edward William Helyer who appears in the group above.  Helyer was a […]


Why can’t I find my British Army Ancestor?

Posted on: 3, September, 2017

3586 Staff-Sergeant William Howard was a lance-corporal serving with the Army Ordnance Corps when he was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal (with clasp for Cape Colony) and King’s South Africa Medal (with the usual two year clasps).  However, he does not currently appear on this British Army Ancestors website because a) there is no […]


Lt Arthur John William Allan, RGA

Posted on: 2, September, 2017

Helpfully, there’s a date on this photograph: 28th March 1922. I bought this on eBay in August 2017 and I’m delighted to be able to tie this in to a medal index card on this site. Arthur Allan served with the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) as a second lieutenant but he was a lieutenant by […]

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