Wildcard searching on British Army Ancestors

Posted on: 4, March, 2021
wildcard searching on British Army Ancestors

When I was mapping out the functionality of the British Army Ancestors website, I was very clear about one thing: the search functionality had to be both flexible and fast. I believe I have achieved both ends. Fundamental to the flexibility of the site was the ability to use wildcard searching. When it works well […]


No surviving army records? All is not lost

Posted on: 1, March, 2021
5480 Rifleman J E Deakin, Rifle Brigade

Don’t assume that if there are no surviving army records for your British Army Ancestor, that all is lost. Nothing could be further from the truth. The man on the left of this photo is 5480 Rifleman J E Deakin, a keen athlete and a successful one at that.  The photograph appeared in the Rifle […]

Welcome to British Army Ancestors. This is a FREE site. It will always be a FREE site. The vision is one of our vast army of British Army Ancestors brought to life. Search for a soldier. Upload a photograph. Search for another soldier. Upload another photograph. In time, it is intended that this site will become THE place to come to when looking for images of British Army Ancestors.

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SEARCH for a soldier. UPLOAD a photograph. REMEMBER the person. So many people asked me how they could find a photograph of their British Army Ancestor that I decided to create this site. Now it's up to you.Help make British Army Ancestors THE PLACE to come to when looking for photos of British Army soldiers. There are millions of searchable names on this site. Help me put faces to them. SEARCH, UPLOAD, REMEMBER.

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There are over 11 million searchable names on the British Army Ancestors website. Searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to narrow your results. REGISTER in order to upload photographs and download existing images. That's all there is to it. This website will be regularly updated and new features announced via the blog. Thanks for supporting this initiative to put faces to the names of our British Army Ancestors.



Do you own medal roll transcriptions from WO 100 or similar? I am seeking to plug known gaps in this database of British Army Ancestors by adding medal roll transcriptions and other databases to this site, thus adding to the 11m+ searchable names you will find here. Please drop me a line if you would like to contribute:

There are currently 104112 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website